7 . Automaton
21" (53 cm.) Bisque socket head with deeply-sculpted facial features,pale blue upper-glancing painted eyes with dark iris outlined,painted upper eyeliner enhancing the heavy eyelids,one stroke brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth with very full outlined lips,impressed dimple at chin,lower cheeks and lip corners,original soft curly blonde mohair wig,composition and wooden ball-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent,one tiny rub on left cheek. Marks: K*R 106 53. Comments: Kammer and Reinhardt,circa 1909,from their art character reform series introduced in 1908 with the goal of presenting dolls representing realistic faces and expressions of children. The sculptor of three of the art character dolls,models,100,102,and 107,has been known to be the renowned German artist,Arthur Lewin-Funcke based upon comparison to two of his known sculptures. It is now also believed that this very doll,the model 106,was also created by his hand,based upon close resemblance to the medallion bust that he sculpted of his son,Andreas. Value Points: extremely rare doll,of which only a scant few are known to exist,with extraordinary artistry of both sculpting and painting,is preserved in superb condition,wearing fine antique Scottish plaids of wool and velvet with undergarments,accessories,black leather shoes.