39 . French Bisque Musical Automaton "Pastry Chef with Surprise" by Leopold Lambert with Rare 203 Art Character Face
16" (41 cm.) Hand-pressed bisque swivel head with plump facial modeling on kid-edged bisque shoulder plate, painted blue eyes with sculpting detail of eye sockets and rich decorative glaze on the lower eyes, heavily modeled eyelids with black eye-liner, delicately painted lashes, feathered brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth, accented lips, unpierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, original gutta percha poupee body based upon the Huret depose with jointing at hips, knees, shoulders and elbows. Condition: generally excellent, some typical restoration of body. Marks: Medaille d'Argent Huret 22 Boulevard Montmartre Paris Exposition Univers. 1867 (torso stamp). Comments: Adelaide Huret, circa 1865. Value Points: a fabulous example of the signature French doll, having desirable traits of swivel head, uniquely painted eyes, unique deposed Huret body in superb original condition, wearing antique costume of her era, including cream leather slippers (unsigned) in the Huret manner.