Antique Reproduction Automaton

Name: Antique Reproduction Bru Desiree Automaton Musical Doll

Made by and When: Goldie Wilson, 2021

Material: Porcelain head, composition body

Marks and Mold Information: 1997-S671M – Desiree, Lady in Lace

Height: The doll is 18 inches; the stacked wooden base measures 8 x 8 x 3-1/2 inches.

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Handmade black spiral curled wig, dark brown French-made glass stationary eyes, closed mouth with dark lip color

Clothes/Base: Wears a pastel blue drop-waist dress made of China silk with antique Chantilly lace accents on the bodice, skirt, and sleeves; and three rosette appliqués and ribbons at the center of the bodice and at the waist. A lace-trimmed white slip, drawers, lace socks, black leather shoes, pearl drop earrings, and a lace and floral hat complete the costume. The costume is completely handmade with hand-worked detailing. The stacked stained wooden base has gold brocade trim.

Other: This reproduction Bru Desiree, made on the style of 1880-1915 French automatons, moves its head and arms when the key in the back is wound. Simultaneously, as the head and arms move, the music box plays a few seconds of Edelweiss from The Sound of Music. (See the video below the gallery.) Included is a signed certificate of authenticity for this exquisite one-of-a-kind antique reproduction automaton doll.


This lovely antique reproduction Bru is a musical automaton that plays Edelweiss when the key is wound.


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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