39 . French Bisque Musical Automaton "Pastry Chef with Surprise" by Leopold Lambert with Rare 203 Art Character Face
21" (53 cm.) Bisque socket head with elongated slender facial modeling and delicately-tinted complexion, full lower cheeks, wide almond shaped blue glass enamel inset eyes with spiral threading, dark eyeliner encircles the eye sockets, mauve-blushed eyeshadow, painted lashes, brushstroked brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth with defined space between the shaded and outlined lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden fully jointed body with unique styling, straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 3 J.M. (and stylized symbol). Comments: Mothereau, circa 1880. Value Points: among the rarest of the early French bebes, with superb sculpting and bisque, outstanding artistic painting of features, original unique body and body finish, fine antique costume, undergarments, elaborate bonnet, stockings, shoes. Ex-Collection Puppen & Spielzeug Museum of Vienna.