292 . Wonderful French Bisque Bebe by Leon Casimir Bru in Original Festival Costume with Very Rare Signed Bru Shoes
293 . French Mechanical Musical Automaton "Polichinelle with Cymbals" by Leopold Lambert with Original Paris Store Label
31" (79 cm.) Carved wooden shoulder head with oval face and elongated throat, sculpted facial features with dark enamel eyes in heavily-lidded eye sockets, defined carving of nostrils, closed mouth with defined teeth, painted complexion over gesso, painted brows, lips, rosy cheeks and chin, original flax wig, all-wooden carved torso with shapely waist, padded homespun upper arms, carved wooden lower arms, dowel-jointing at hips and knees, painted arms and legs with red painted sandals, wearing silk costume with lace, bead, and metallic trim. Condition: very good, some craquelure at throat, limbs retouched. Comments: Italian, probably late 17th century. Value Points: outstanding portraiture expression and painting is enhanced by the grand size of the rare early Neopolitan figure.