22nd Feb, 2024 12:00

The Important Private Antique Doll Collection of Austin Smith and Margaret Harkin - Part 1

 
  Lot 48
 

48

A rare Gustav Vichy lady at her toilette musical automaton 1870s

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A rare Gustav Vichy lady at her toilette musical automaton 1870s, the pressed bisque French fashionable doll head with grey glass eyes with a darker edge to the iris, light brown brows, pink mouth with darker pink detail, ears pierced into the head, elaborate original blonde mohair wig with two long ringlets falling down her back, on cork pate, bisque shoulders and arms, stood with wooden legs, original cream silk dress embroidered with flowers, lace and pearl trim, attached by metal tube at waist to her wooden dressing table with turned legs, faded paper label to underside, easel mirror and dressed with pink silk covered with spotted net and lace trim, holding a wooden hand mirror and powder puff, when wound the music plays and the doll lifts her hand mirror and then leans towards the dressing table and powders her nose —22in. (56cm.) high (missing one finger, fading and a little dusty, head turn mechanism not working, mechanism could do with a service)