»Rare Musical Advertising Automaton by Leopold Lambert«, c. 1915
With black-painted bisque character head impressed "N" in script, modeled as a grinning man with well-defined features, inset glazed porcelain teeth, brown glass eyes, curly black mohair wig, bisque hands
holding aloft a hinged clip for a business or visiting-card and gilt-decorated lacquered papier-mâché scallop shell for additional
cards, height 23 ½ in. (60 cm), original paint,
unusually fine and bright original costume showing only minimal wear, good working order, with steel "LB" key and brass stop/start. – In a 1919 issue of "Le Jouet" magazine Lambert advertised a "splendid assortment of mechanical pieces for display windows, well suited for use in confectioners' shops, green-grocers' shops,
perfume shops, haberdashers' shops, tobacconists". A rare and early advertising automaton, the only example of its kind that we have seen to date.
Reserve: 6,000/US$ 8,220