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French Papier-Mache Man with Mechanical Movement by Roullet & Decamps

Lot Number: 
101
11" (28 cm.) Papier-mache head with painted facial features in highly-characterized style,blue outlined eyes,thick brows,soot-smudged complexion with blushed cheeks as though for a particular role,carton torso,metal upper arms and legs,papier-mache hands with painted gloves,weighted papier-mache over-sized feet. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: R.D. (key). Comments: Roullet et Decamps,circa 1920,when wound,the character totters from side to side as though walking drunkenly,depicting theatrical performance. Value Points: rare French automaton in well-preserved condition with original costume,facial painting,well-functioning.
Realized Price: 
$850
Presale Estimate: 
800/1200