7 . Automaton
8 1/2" (22 cm.) Bisque socket head,pale blue glass inset eyes with darker blue edge,dark eyeliner,delicately-painted lashes,brush-stroked and feathered brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with accent lines at center lips and outlining the heart-shaped upper lip,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig with braided chignon over cork pate,Steiner composition body with jointing at shoulders and hips,exquisitely-embroidered white dimity dress with lace edged collar,aqua bow,undergarments,woven socks,kidskin shoes signed "0",woven bonnet with aqua silk ribbons. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Sie B 4/0 (head) Le Parisien (body stamp). Comments: Jules Nicolas Steiner,circa 1885. Value Points: one of the rarest models of Bebe Steiner,this example is in equally rare petite size and exceptional quality of expression,bisque and painting.