7 . Automaton
26" (66 cm.) Pressed bisque swivel head in kid-edged bisque shoulder plate with modeled bosom and shoulder blades,deep blue glass paperweight inset eyes,thick eyeliner to dramatize the eyes,mauve-blushed eye shadow,painted lashes,brush-stroked and multi-feathered brows,accented eye corners,shaded nostrils,closed mouth with defined space between the outlined lips,rare painted teeth,elongated blonde mohair wig over cork pate,French kid bebe body with plump shape,gusset-jointed hips and knees,curved kid upper arms,bisque forearms with separately-sculpted fingers. She is wearing an early linen princess-style dress with cotton cut-work and velvet edging,original matching undergarments,maroon knit stockings,shoes,and elegant velvet bonnet with bead trim at the back. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Bru Jne 10 (and crescent/circle dot symbol at back of head) Depose SGDG (forehead) Bru Jne 10 (shoulder plate. Comments: Leon Casimir Bru,circa 1880,the model was deposed in that year. Value Points: the extremely-rare larger size and the superlative quality of the bebe suggests its original presentation as an Exhibition model; the body is especially sturdy,and the bisque head,shoulder and hands are perfect and exquisitely-painted,waist-length antique wig of softest mohair,and fine antique costume that seems original.