French Automaton

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20" (51 cm.) A bisque-headed girl with large blue glass paperweight eyes and closed mouth is standing upon a green velvet covered base; she has carton torso and legs,wire upper arms,bisque forearms,blonde mohair wig,cork pate,and a lavish original silk and lace ivory and burgundy costume and elaborate straw bonnet. The girl carries a fruit seller's basket filled with cherries and berries,and holds a cherry in her right hand,and a berry in her left. When keywound,music plays,the girl nods her head forward and backward,then side to side while alternately offering the fruit in each hand. Condition: generally excellent,left arm reglued under costume. Marks: Depose Tete Jumeau 4 (artist checkmarks,on head) L.B. (key). Comments: Leopold Lambert,circa 1890. Value Points: superb automaton with well-functioning appealing movements,costume and theme that complement the musical tune "Mamzelle Nitouche" (Miss Prude),listed on paper label on base.
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