By the late-19th Century, if you built a house, it needed to have a music room, which needed ofcourse a piano, which needed a shawl to keep it dust free, which needed something to keep the silk thing from slipping off...
That 'thing' was a bisque porcelain figurine called the 'Piano Baby'. They range in size from 6 to 18 inches. Most of the figures were made in Germany.
The best piano babies were made by Gebrüder Heubach (Heubach Brothers), a German company founded by Georg Christoph and Phillipp Jakob Heubach in Lichte, Thuringia, in 1843.
The reason Heubach figures are so special is because in 1863 the company started a school for porcelain sculpting, and trained their artists to create naturally expressive faces with distinctive hairstyles and quirky features, like dimples.
It was the deep, intaglio-cut, painted eyes that gave their piano babies the depth of realism they are famous for. Most Heubach babies, by the way, are boys.
What's it worth? Take a look at this Piano Baby price guide: sold listings for a value indication.