ROULLET ET DECAMPS WIND UP WALKING DOLL
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration a circa 1920 Roullet & Decamps "Bébé Premier Pas"  (translated into English means: Baby’s First Steps) clockwork walking doll. This mechanical doll was, until recently, kept in the Decamps Family Collection.  We have a letter of Provenance from the auction house in Germany where we purchased this wonderful little doll.  Please see the last photo to view this letter.  The doll has an unmarked bisque head with open mouth and exposed teeth, hand painted eye lashes and eyebrows, and fixed blue glass eyes.  She is wearing a blonde mohair wig and leather shoes; the bottom of the shoes are incised with the trade mark logo of the famous doll shoemaker, Eugene Alart of France (please see photo of shoe bottom).  Her hands and legs are composition and her torso is carton.  Her body is articulated at the waist and powered by a fixed key clockwork mechanism that causes the figure to move forwards while rocking side to side imitating a young toddler learning to walk.  Her spring mounted arms add to the illusion of her taking unsteady steps.  She is wearing a beautiful machine-embroidered coat and bonnet over a pink cotton dress with a petty coat and bloomers underneath, and white stockings.  All of her beautiful original clothes are hand sewn onto her body so it was not possible for us to remove them.  We were, however, able to pull back her bonnet to expose her pate, original partial wig being all that was necessary since the bonnet was not intended to be taken off, and the back of her head and neck without any marks (please see photo).  There is one small well done factory repair made with matching fabric in her embroidered coat at the right front, bottom hem area (see photo number).  There are two tiny stains on the back of her petty coat which obviously do not show unless you lift her pink dress and coat.  This petit toddler doll stands a little over 12” in height.  This is a unique opportunity to own a very rare antique doll from the private collection of the famous French Decamps Family!  PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THE DOLL.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF SOMETHING IN PARTICULAR, PLEASE EMAIL US THROUGH OUR “CONTACT US” PAGE.

THIS ITEM WILL ONLY BE SHIPPED VIA UPS INTERNATIONALLY DUE TO ITS HIGH VALUE UNLESS YOU LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE WE CAN PURCHASE FULL INSURANCE VIA ANOTHER SHIPPING METHOD. IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES AND WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE THE DOLL, PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE WILL GIVE YOU A QUOTE FOR THE LEAST EXPENSIVE SHIPPING METHOD BY WHICH WE ARE ABLE TO INSURE THE DOLL.

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12" ANTIQUE ROULLET & DECAMPS FRENCH MECHANICAL WALKING DOLL

Price: $1,050.00
Availability: SOLD