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17" (43 cm) Very rare French Polichinelle Automaton by Rambour, Gaultier head, All original, with original wooden box. C.1890.
Wonderful automaton with Gaultier head, closed mouth, fixed bright-blue eyes, pierced ears with earrings, original blond mohair wig, rare silk Polichinelle costume of gold sill satin, standing on velvet-covered base with flattened bun feet and single-air cylinder movement causing the figure to turn her head and raise a bouquet of flowers in her right hand, in original elaborate costume of alternating aqua and yellow satin panels trimmed with gold Dresden paper, metal thread braid and lace, upturned shoes, and tricorn hat. Music plays. Fully EXCELLENT condition! Original wooden box!Historical References:
Although this series of fin-de-siecle automata has previously been attributed to Renou, new historical research by Francois Theimer, published in Encyclopedia of French Dolls, proves the actual maker was Rambour, successor to the Leon Casimir Bru novelties business and patent designs. Rambour, during a seven year period at the end of the 19th century, introduced a series of charming, childlike scenes with amusing and timeless appeal that are very rare to find today. Rambour, Paris. Circa 1890.I do a layaway! Please email me if you have any questions. Thanks for looking.
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