39 . French Bisque Musical Automaton "Pastry Chef with Surprise" by Leopold Lambert with Rare 203 Art Character Face
15" (38 cm.) Bisque socket head with sculpted short brown hair terminating in detailed forelock curls and defined with brushstrokes overall, painted pale blue eyes in deeply set sockets, heavy upper eyelids with black eyeliner, short feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with shaded lips, composition and wooden ball-jointed body, wearing antique navy blue serge sailor suit with brass buttons, stockings, undergarments, and leather shoes. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 153 S&H. Comments: Simon and Halbig, circa 1910, from its very limited art character series of dolls. Value Points: remarkable depth of sculpting and expressiveness on the very rare character, made for one year only, and enhanced by superb bisque and painting, fine antique costume. Ex-Lucy Morgan Collection.