Musical automaton “Girl with surprise basket"

    Musical automaton “Girl with surprise basket"

    France, Paris


    Vichy, Gustave , Pierre-Francois Jumeau

    Papier-mache, bisque, wood, metal, fabric, silk, lace; sewing, painting, mechanical work

    Height 56 cm


    Standing upon a flat velvet-covered base is a bisque-headed girl with blue glass eyes, beautifully painted facial features, closed mouth, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig, with carton torso that conceals the hidden mechanism and musical works. She is wearing rose 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 wound, she turns her head from side to side in realistic circular motions, the lid of the basket peeks open to reveal a bird, which flits about and "cheeps"; and then the lid closes. Two tunes are played.