Musical Automaton "Girl blowing soap bubbles"

    Musical Automaton "Girl blowing soap bubbles"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1890

    Lambert, Léopold

    Porcelain, wood, fabric (velvet, silk, cotton), metal; painting

    2 kg


      Automaton is a figure of a girl holding metal bowl and a stick for soap bubbles in her hands. The girl is standing on a wooden pedestal covered with dark blue velvet, complemented by blue tourniquets’ rim. Pedestal on four round metal feet. The girl is dressed in silk dress of light golden colour adorned with pale red stripes. The dress is decorated with metalized braid, lace inserts and ruffles on the collar and cuffs. The skirt rear side is complemented by lacy metalized "cape". Light-peach colour velvet hat with insert of the same tint as the dress, is on her head, the hat rim is decorated with white lace braid and a feather. White cotton socks and white leather shoes with bows on toes made from metallized fabric are on the girl’s feet. Porcelain head and hands.

    Musical movement is mounted inside the pedestal. The key and a lever that activates tunes, are on the pedestal inner side. As the movement is activated, the girl turns her head from side to side, brings the stick for soap bubbles to her lips, drops it into a bowl of soapy water, and blows bubbles.