Early Walking Automaton Doll By Théroude, C. 1860
Early Walking Automaton Doll by Théroude, c. 1860
With paper-mâché head, black glass eyes, open mouth with four bamboo teeth, painted accented brushstrokes under blonde mohair wig, kid arms with individually stitched fingers, green-painted platform with 2 3/8 in. spoked back wheels, and 1 1/8 in. off-centre front wheel, going-barrel movement and two cranks causing figure to move in a circle, turn her head and raise both arms, in probably original trained "eau de nil" silk dress and bonnet, height: 11 1/2 in. (29 cm). Working condition, oil spot on back of dress, bonnet worn. A wonderful deluxe version of Théroude's walking lady.