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20" Leopold Lambert Russia Tea Server w/Jumeau Head - Layaway
This is an outstanding all original automaton: it stands 20" tall and was inspired by the Russian Tsar Alexander's visit to Paris in 1892. Leopold Lambert then made this wonderful automaton. When wound, the doll moves her head up and down and back and forth while she lifts her hand holding the teapot and pours tea. She moves the wooden tray in and out with the other hand. She is in excellent working condition and plays music. She has a gorgeous bisque head made by Jumeau. The head is a reclame, meaning that Jumeau used an acid wash to remove his name as the head was being sold by a different firm. The bisque head is in excellent condition with no hairlines or restoration. The doll is wearing her original green and cream silk dress that is frail in some areas. Her hat is a work of art: red velvet adorned with pearls and faux gems. She has a removeable red collar that also has beads and decoration. The wooden tea set is hand painted and just darling. There is a very, very tiny mold rim flaw at the top of her shoulder plate. This beautiful, rare automaton can be yours on layaway with just $500 down provided the remainder is paid in 18 monthly installments or less.