Vichy was known for the subtlety of motion their automata possessed. Vichy showed several automata at Paris Universal Exposition of 1878. One observer noted that, "...Vichy's automata are distinguished by the flexibility and precision of their gestures...". One hundred and thirty years later, I can't argue.
Vichy is one of one of several French automaton makers covered in the large format hardcover Automata: The Golden Age 1848-1914