This is one of the best automata I own. It is a butterfly catcher with a closed mouth Tete Jumeau head. She is almost 20" tall and in all original condition with the exception of the butterflies. She has gorgeous creamy bisque with huge blue paperweight glass eyes. She has her original deluxe blonde mohair wig in its original style. Her bisque head is free from any hairlines or repairs. She bears the Tete Jumeau stamp on the back of her head and has her original earrings too. She has on a beautiful red silk dress with antique lace trim. She holds a parasol in one hand and a butterfly net in the other. Both are made of wood. Her dress and parasol are melting in places, but still a superb presentation. When wound she turns her head from side to side and then raises the net to catch butterflies. Her other hand raises and lowers the parasol. She plays one tune and has her original label on the underside of the box. She was made by Leopold Lambert in the 1890's. You can see her in action on youtube. I am not allowed to link it to this so you can e mail me or search under Antiquehuntress100 or search butterfly, automaton and it should come up. This rare piece is seldom seen. She is available on layaway with $800 down provided the remainder is paid in 24 monthly installments or less. International buyers need to check with me on shipping cost as some countries restrict the width/girth length of boxes to 79" so the cost will be higher than shown below.
Item ID: D342Butterfly
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