Musiacl automaton "Girl with surprise basket"

    Musiacl automaton "Girl with surprise basket"

    France, Paris


    Pierre-Francois Jumeau, Vichy, Gustave

    Papier-mache, porcelain, wood, metal, fabric, silk, lace; sewing, wicker work, painting on porcelain

    Height 56 cm

    On the nape: “Depose E. 6 J.”; on the blank: “2 AIRS”, “Gilette de Vaibonne, chanson”, “Le Coeur j la main, cheur”


    Standing upon a flat velvet-covered base is a girl with porcelain head, with blue glass eyes, beautifully painted facial features, closed mouth, blonde mohair wig over cork pate. She has a cardboard torso that conceals the mechanism and musical movement. The girl is wearing a superb red silk dress with velvet jacket and velvet crepe-lined bonnet, and carries a large market basket on her right arm that is actually attached to her torso by a hollow metal rod. When the automaton is wounded, the girl turns her head from side to side in realistic circular motions, the lid of the basket peeks open to reveal a bird that flits about and "cheeps"; and then the lid closes.
    All movements are accompanied by music. Musical movement with cylinder and sound comb performs two tunes. Blank with handwritten titles of two melodies in French in artistic vignette is on the stand bottom side.