Musical Automaton"Little Bisque Girl with Mandolin",Probably Lambert,in Original Costume

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20" (51 cm.) Posed upon a velvet-covered wooden platform is a bisque-head girl with large blue glass paperweight inset eyes,dark eyeliner,lushly-painted lashes,feathered brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with outlined lips,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig over cork pate,carton torso and legs,bisque forearms. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Depose Tete Jumeau Bte SGDG 4 (and artist checkmarks on head). Comments: probably Lambert,circa 1890,the doll appears to hold a wooden mandolin in her bisque hands (although it is actually attached to the doll's torso by metal rods). When the automaton is wound,the girl turns her head side to side and moves her hands as though winding the mandolin; music plays. Value Points: her charming movements are enhanced by beautiful face and exquisitely-sculpted hands; the movement and mechanism function well,and the doll wears her factory original silk costume.
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