Roullet et Decamps mechanical doll Tata
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration an antique Roullet & Decamps automaton doll named Tata. This beautiful French mechanical doll is all original and working very well. Once wound this charming little girl will turn her head right to center and back while swaying from side to side pivoting at the hips as if she is rocking her baby doll in her arms. Watch the video above to see her in action (the doll is a bit top heavy so we had to be ready to catch her if she started to tip over). This wonderful Roullet & Decamps doll measures about 14” in height. The doll’s design was based on the original “Poulbot Kids” dolls. These dolls were modeled after the street children of late eighteenth century Paris, France (see below for more info on the Poulbot Kids dolls). In the video Tata is holding in her arms her original French celluloid baby doll which is stitched into its original blanket. Unfortunately the celluloid baby doll is damaged; the poor baby’s head has broken off (and is missing) and one arm is missing. It is extremely rare to find this Tata doll with any baby at all, so to find at least a partial baby with the original blanket is quite a find. This Tata doll has a fixed key; the key is screwed on to the winding shaft in the doll’s back. Tata has a composition head and hands with her stocking covered legs being made of wood. Her shoes are leather and on the bottom of her right shoe is stamped FRANCE. She has a very cute painted face, big eyes, and a wide beaming smile with blushing cheeks. The paint finish on this Tata doll appears to be original and without repairs or touch-up. Her original wig is in wonderful condition. Her original clothing is stitched onto her body; it has light scattered soiling and a small stain near the hem of her dress and there is also staining to her bloomers and a small wear hole in the bloomers in the crotch area. We have found no other tears nor any open seams; the clothes, including the undergarments, are in very nice condition. A paper mache torso hides her metal skeleton and clockwork mechanism. On her face are two small chips; one on her left cheek is tiny and another on her right eyebrow is a bit larger. Also, there is a small paint loss at her upper forehead behind her bangs (see photo #12). Overall this doll is in wonderful condition and works very well. We found the Tata doll pictured in Christian Bailly’s book “AUTOMATA The Golden Age” on page 153, so if you own this fabulous book you may want to look it up. This rare Roullet & Decamps mechanical Tata doll will make a wonderful addition to any doll, automata or toy collection and is sure to bring a smile to your face! PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES AS WELL AS WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS WONDERFUL MECHANICAL DOLL.

The “Poulbot kids are the brain child of artist, poet, humorist and famous illustrator Francisque Poulbot. Poulbot was known for having modeled eighteen character dolls depicting the street children of Paris. These dolls were intended to replace the German dolls flooding the French toy market, but WWI stopped the original production.

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ROULLET & DECAMPS ANTIQUE FRENCH MECHANICAL DOLL TATA AUTOMATON

Price: $1,295.00
Availability: SOLD