7 . Automaton
16" (41 cm.) Pressed bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque shoulder plate,deep blue glass enamel inset eyes with spiral threading and darker iris rims,dark eyeliner,painted curly lashes,mauve-blushed eye shadow,brush-stroked and feathered brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth with defined space between the shaded and outlined lips,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig,kid gusset-jointed bebe body with bisque forearms and hands. Condition: generally excellent,few mends to kid body. Marks: A 5 T (head and shoulder plate). Comments: Andre Thuillier,circa 1880,the earliest model of his rarely found bebe. Value Points: an outstanding bebe with transfixing expression enhanced by dramatically-decorated deep paperweight eyes,beautiful complexion with subtle blushing,original body with perfect bisque hands having defined knuckles and nails,exquisite antique rose silk costume with brocade design and ruffled edging,undergarments,rose net stockings,fancy bonnet,and leather shoes with silk rosettes signed A.T.