This is a beautiful Automaton figure By Leopold Lambert of Paris France. c 1880
This exquisite piece would have produced for the amusement of the very wealthy Victorian gentry and titled. She has many movements. Her left hand raises her looking glass upwards, and at the same time she tilts her head forwards to look at herself. The glass is lowered and she raises her right hand to 'powder' her face six times, whilst moving her head. The music movement plays two tunes, and the original tune sheet is fixed to the base. Her face is lovely, she has blue glass eyes, and open mouth. Her ears are pierced. At some time she has been professionally restored. She has a wonderful mohair wig, long curls, and a braid on the top back. Her dress is richly embroidered silk, and she is wearing silk shoes with 'bright cut' steel buckles. She wears silk stockings, bloomers and has a petticoat. I hope the photographs do her justice. Her 'dressing table' has a lace surround and a swivel mirror. It is topped with the appropriate size white china jug, and basin, a 'blue and white' pot of velvet flowers, and a miniature (I think) daguerreotype, which is a portrait of a lady in a hat. It has it's correct Lambert and Bourgeois winding key. The figure stands 17" high, a total of 21 1/2" with the base. Base length is 12" and width 7 1/2"