You are looking at a chance to own a once in a lifetime doll with Provenance! This is a 24 inch automaton by Leopold Lambert and has incredible presence. I have looked all over and see absolutely no damage to the bisque or body. He is wearing an incredible fine silk Marquis costume which I believe to be original as it fits like a glove. He has a bisque head, carton slender body , open mouth , with a beautiful mohair wig.
He moves his head side to side. He moves one hand to hold his cigarette holder to his mouth and his other hand holding a handkerchief moves up as well in sync with the music. The smoking mechanism does NOT smoke. He just moves as if smoking but Does not actually inhale or blow out smoke.
This doll is from the private collection of American Heiress Huguette Clark. A book titled Empty Mansion was recently released about her life. Incredible story , you should read it!
The item "Antique French Leopold Lambert Smoking Automaton 1900 Rare Huguette Clark" is in sale since Saturday, May 30, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\French".wings" and is located in Oxnard, California. This item can be shipped to United States.