Musical automaton “Girl with bird and umbrella”

    Musical automaton “Girl with bird and umbrella”

    France, Paris

    circa 1890

    Lambert, Léopold

    Porcelain, wood, fabric, feathers, sequins, wire, brass, glass; bisque painting, mechanical works, sewing

    Height 48 cm, 2 kg


    Automaton in the form of a girl figure is fixed on the stand, covered with embossed brown velvet. A bird is sitting on her right hand; an umbrella is in her left hand. Winding key and a power button are on the stand right side. The girl is dressed in cream colour dress with silk bodice and buff sleeves, with lace cuffs and collar. Cotton skirt is decorated with Richelieu embroidery. The waist is marked with two blue ribbons tied behind in bows. Broad-brimmed bonnet with blue ribbons is on her head. Brown socks and red satin shoes with blue bows are on the girl’s feet. The head and hands are made of unglazed porcelain. Blue eyes and chestnut hair. Bird on the girl's hand is in multicoloured natural feathers. Folded lace umbrella, on white lining, with a handle in the form of an ivory ring. Its tip rests against the ground.

    After the movement is turned on, the hand with the bird goes up and down several times, and then freezes for a while, after a while the movements are repeated. Simultaneously the umbrella in the other hand revolves forward and back around the handle. Music sounds.
    Winding key is authentic, with letters “LB”.