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Rare French Musical Automaton "The Chinese Tea Server" by Leopold Lambert

Lot Number: 
230
19" (48 cm.) Standing upon a velvet-covered box platform is a bisque-head lady with rich amber-tinted complexion,oval slender face,brown glass eyes,painted features,closed mouth with full lips,pierced ears,brunette mohair wig,carton torso and legs,wire upper arms,amber-tinted bisque forearms. When wound,she turns her head from side-to-side,lifts the tea pot she holds in her right hand to pour into the cup that she holds in her left hand,then offers the cup,music plays. Condition: generally excellent,music and mechanism function well. Marks: L.B. (key). Comments: Leopold Lambert,circa 1890; Lambert commissioned a special series of bisque heads from Jumeau that would highlight the theme of his automata; some of these heads were later created as bisque dolls by Jumeau (such as the 200 series),but others (including this one) were only used for the original commission purpose. Value Points: rare luxury salon automaton with splendid original silk costume and superb quality of bisque and painting of the unique face.
Realized Price: 
$7,000
Presale Estimate: 
7500/9500