Automaton doll is 12" tall. With base 14-1/2" tall. This gorgeous automaton comes with incised Block Letter's FG head.....FG stands for Francois Gaultier.
Block letter FG mark used from 1878-1888. The head is pressed bisque, has a closed mouth with chocolate brown glass set eyes, delicately painted upper and lower lashes and finely feathered eye brows, nice rosy cheeks. Has original cork pate with a human hair original wig.
Gaultier supplied heads to numerous automaton makers, such as Roullet & Decamps and Vichy. Costume is for the most part original, except for added lace to cover the fragile antique skirt. Hat is a later addition.
When wound she strums her mandolin with her arm, the head goes from right to left and then down as though she is looking at her mandolin.
No damage and no repair and is from a non smoking environment.