7 . Automaton
36" (91 cm.) Of ebony-black felt with pressed and painted facial features,swivel head,narrow side-glancing brown eyes,accented nostrils,red stitched and padded red lips,black curly mohair wig wrapped in a lime green felt turban decorated with embroidery and "jewels",slender black felt torso,jointed long slender black felt arms,and very elongated long black felt legs with jointed knees. Condition: near mint. Marks: Lenci (two original paper labels,one pencil noted "260"). Comments: Lenci,a standing version of the same model appeared in the 1924 catalog,also identified as model 260,and named "Sam",described as "The Sultan's Moorish Guard"; the 260 model was likely made for one or two years only. Value Points: the rarity of the model is rivaled by its pristine condition,and the extraordinary detail of costume,with vibrant appliques and embroidery on the green felt vest,sash,pants,slippers,and gloves,and with one original gilt-painted wooden earring,and a hand-carved wooden figural necklace.