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Musical "Spanish Dancer with Tambourine" by Roullet & Decamps

Lot Number: 
92
16" (41 cm.) Standing upon a red velvet covered base with ebony wooden feet is a bisque head lady with large amber brown glass paperweight inset eyes,dark eyeliner,lushly-painted lashes,brush-stroked brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with outlined lips,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig over cork pate,composition torso with defined bosom and tiny waist,and slender legs,wire upper arms,bisque forearm. Condition: generally excellent,music and mechanism function wonderfully. Marks: E (impressed on head). Comments: Roullet et Decamps,circa 1890,the automaton appeared in the company catalog as "Espagnole femme",model 300,the rare E marking on the head indicating Espagnole and directing its particular complexion and brown eyes. When wound,the doll moves its head side-to-side and turns its wrist to and fro shaking the tambourine,while music plays. Value Points: in fresh vibrant condition,with beautifully preserved silk and velvet costume and lace coiffe,ribbon and bell decorated tambourine,the festive automaton has been preserved since 1890 in its original wooden storage box.
Realized Price: 
$7,500
Presale Estimate: 
7500/9500