7 . Automaton
12" (30 cm.) Bisque socket head with round facial shape and plump cheeks and chin,blue glass enamel inset eyes with darker-blue iris rims,dark eyeliner,painted lashes,feathered brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with accented lips,pierced ears,brunette mohair wig,cork pate,French composition and wooden eight-loose-ball-jointed body with straight wrists and flat-cut derriere,wearing antique sailor costume and cap with gilt label "L'Eclair",stockings,shoes. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Bte SGDG 2/0 (head) Sch (in shield,derriere). Comments: Schmitt et Fils,circa 1878. Value Points: earliest period bebe with beautiful bisque,painting and expressive features,original body and body finish.