39 . French Bisque Musical Automaton "Pastry Chef with Surprise" by Leopold Lambert with Rare 203 Art Character Face
22" (56 cm.) Pale pressed bisque socket head with very plump rounded facial modeling, large blue glass paperweight inset eyes, thick dark eyeliner, painted lashes, rose-blushed eyeshadow, multi-feathered brows, small rounded nose with accented nostrils, closed mouth with accent line between the lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden fully-jointed body with loose-ball- jointing, and distinctive metal hands, well costumed in antique velvet suit, white shirt with Buster Brown collar, socks, leather shoes, velvet cap. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Petit & Dumoutier, circa 1882. Value Points: very rare model in fine large size with outstanding bisque and modeling, dramatic eyes that contrast the very pale bisque, original rare body. Ex-Lucy Morgan Collection.