7 . Automaton
13" (33 cm.) Seated upon a velvet-covered wooden box is a bisque-head doll with brown glass paperweight inset eyes,painted lashes,feathered brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth with accented lips,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig,carton torso and legs,wire upper arms,metal hands,wearing original very frail silk jester costume including cap,and holding a well-crafted wooden violin in his hands. When wound,he turns his head from side-to-side,and plays the violin by moving the bow over the strings in very realistic separate movements of his elbow and wrist,while music plays. Condition: music and mechanism function well,bisque excellent,costume is original albeit very worn. Comments: Vichy,circa 1880. Value Points: the beautiful quality of the music box,and the violin craftsmanship denote the luxury production of the piece.