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German Paper Mache Mechanical

Lot Number: 
13
21" (53 cm) overall. Seated upon a velvet and paper covered wooden base which contains a mechanical clockwork is an old woman with paper mache head having highly defined character features, painted brown eyes, mohair brows, black upper eyeliner, sharply pointed nose, wide smiling mouth, carton torso and lower legs, wire upper arms and legs, bisque forearms. When wound, the woman vigorously begins to knit, twisting her arms to and fro, tapping her foot. CONDITION: Generally excellent, mechanism functions well. COMMENTS: Circa 1890, similar mechanical dolls were shown in the Ernst Holzweissig catalog of 1898. VALUE POINTS: Wonderfully preserved mechanical toy with original facial painting, wig, costume.
Realized Price: 
$5,000
Presale Estimate: 
5000/7500