French Musical Automaton "Teaching Bebe to Dance"

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19" (48 cm.) A bisque head doll with blue glass eyes, painted features, open mouth, four porcelain teeth, blonde mohair wig, carton torso and legs, wire upper arms, and bisque forearms, is standing upon a velvet-covered wooden base with ebony feet, alongside a tripod table. Standing on the base is an all-bisque doll with blue glass eyes, and jointed limbs. The larger doll holds a wooden baton in one hand, and balances the all-bisque doll in the other. When wound, music plays and she turns her head side to side, waving the baton in one hand, as though to accompany the little "dancing" doll. Condition: generally excellent, music and mechanism function well. Marks: 44-21 (doll). Comments: French, circa 1900, with bisque head by Gebruder Kuhnlenz. Value Points: charming vignette automaton, the doll wearing original rose silk dress with matching bicorn hat.
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