London, South Kensington
31 May 2007
A seated 'Breathing Girl' musical automaton by Vichy
the composition hands and head with black mohair wig, eyelids (defective) and recessed teeth, eyebrows and earings, the body of thick pressed card, velvet covered breathing chest panel, dressed with simple white cotton underclothes with contemporary glass cuff drops, the composition legs in a crossed position with black stockings and moulded shoes, start/stop lever and key-wind at base of back, the figure seated on (later) stained spoke-back chair and with head moving from side-to- side (with eyelids), the left hand turning and rising from side-to-side, the right hand with pince-nez handle rising in three stages of height towards the face, accompanied by a single-air musical movement, circa 1900 -28in. (71.1cm) head-to-foot, (in need of full restoration)
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