39 . French Bisque Musical Automaton "Pastry Chef with Surprise" by Leopold Lambert with Rare 203 Art Character Face
26" (66 cm.) All-carved wood figure of slender-bodied gentleman, with jointed head allowing forward tilt and leaning, painted facial features, blue eyes in deeply set carved sockets, wide brushstroked brows, aquiline slender nose, closed mouth with primly set lips, well-carved ears, brown painted hair with shaded detail, wooden body with dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, ankles and knees, and with ball swivel waist, separately-carved fingers. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Continental, likely German, the articulated mannequin doll was offered in early 1800 wholesale German catalogs, and was acquired for use by artists, by shops to display their tailoring, and for other exhibition purposes; only rarely were the hair and facial features painted as is this example. Value Points: striking portrayal of aristocratic gentleman, with fine antique costume highlighted by silk coat, velvet trousers, and fine embroidered brocade vest.