7 . Automaton
22" (56 cm.) Pressed bisque socket head with very plump cheeks and chin,rounded facial shape,pale blue glass enamel inset eyes with spiral threading and darker-blue outer irises,dark eyeliner,painted lashes,mauve blushed eye shadow,brush-stroked and feathered brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth with accented lips,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig in soft curls over original Schmitt pate,French composition and wooden eight-loose-ball-jointed body with flat-cut derriere and straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Sch (in shield on back of head and derriere) 4 (head). Comments: Schmitt et Fils,circa 1878,the earliest period bebe from the illustratious firm. Value Points: an outstanding bebe with finest detail of modeling including dimpled chin and philtrum,exquisite painting and blush on delicately-tinted complexion,original Schmitt pate and signed body with original finish,and outstanding silk costume and woven bonnet,silk knit stockings and leather shoes.