13"(33 cm.) Standing upon a three-wheeled tinplate platform is a bisque-headed girl with blue glass inset eyes,painted lashes and brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with accented lips,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig over cork pate,carton torso and legs,wire upper arms,metal lower arms. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Vichy Paris (on mechanism). Comments: Gustav Vichy,circa 1875,when wound,the little girl glides forward and in circles on her platform base,turns her head,and waves her arms up and down as though catching butterflies.
the charming activity is enhanced by beautiful face,and fine original silk costume and bonnet with elaborate detail,original butterfly net and butterfly.
platform sizes 6"x 3"
Gustave Vichy was born in 1839 in Paris. Being a child, he was assisting his father in the store of mechanical toys. Нis father was bankrupted when Gustave was only 23, but the young man made a decision to save the family business. After receiving a patent for the substitution of some wooden parts in the mechanisms for metal parts, he established his own factory. The production focused on musical automata instead of mechanical toys.
Vichy married Maria Teresa Burger in 1864 - modiste who sewed clothes for the dolls. Trying to find his own way, Vichy began to improve sound construction of automata and paid special attention to the doll’s clothes, that his wife created following the latest fashion trends. Vichy was the first manufacturer who organized the entire production process in his small workshop. In 1878, the company received the silver medal at the exhibition in Cherbourg, and in 1880 the gold at the World Fair in Melbourne. Vichy’s children were gradually involved in the family’s business
Perfect original French Mechanical Toy automaton "Little Girl Catching Butterflies"by Gustav Vichy circa 1875
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