I am offering for your buying pleasure a LOVELY, 15-inch ANTIQUE FRENCH CHINA FASHION POUPÉE that is TOTALLY ORIGINAL and has RARER BROWN glass eyes! Circa 1850's on.
This ANTIQUE FRENCH CHINA FASHION DOLL is WONDERFUL and wears her ORIGINAL FRENCH PEASANT COSTUME! Many French Fashion dolls were originally dressed in this way, however, they are now difficult to find in this type of original costuming - due to the fact that many doll collectors in the 1940's wanted their French Fashion dolls to be elegantly dressed, so they removed these original peasant costumes and, sadly, replaced them.
This EARLY FRENCH CHINA DOLL IS A BEAUTY! Her head is PRESSED, her shoulder head CREAMY and SMOOTH, and her features BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED! Her stationary glass eyes are MESMERIZING. . .and BROWN! Generally these French China's have blue glass eyes or painted eyes! Her eyelashes and eyebrows are DELICATELY PAINTED, her cheeks are blushed to PERFECTION, and her SWEET MOUTH is POSITIVELY PERFECT! You just couldn't find a lovelier little French China face! Her ears are flat to her head. She retains her ORIGINAL CORK PATE and her ORIGINAL brown HUMAN HAIR WIG - pulled to the back of her head to form a bun. Her head is GUARANTEED to be PERFECT and WITHOUT ANY HAIRLINES OR INVISIBLE REPAIRS! She does have two VERY TINY areas at the mold lines that are high on her head. These are many times found, and are done in the original manufacturing and firing of the doll head. These do not detract from her beauty, or her pricing, in any way.
Her ANTIQUE BODY IS ALMOST LIKE NEW! It is unusual to find in SUCH FINE CONDITION and it is AS WHITE AS CAN BE! It is quite a simple kid body with gussets only at the hips. Her BEAUTIFUL little hands have serrated fingers. Through the years the bodies bottom legs have "settled" to the one side, from about the knee area down, thus her feet are leaning to one side. (see pictures)
As stated, her PEASANT COSTUME IS ORIGINAL to her! It is ENTIRELY HAND SEWN and in PERFECT CONDITION! It consists of a woven wool challis striped skirt with an attached wool overskirt - done in colors of cocoa, tan and chocolate brown. Her ivory colored PEASANT SHIRT is made of stiffened polished cotton and is gathered at the neck and string-tied at the waist to give it that "flounced" look. It has a deep chocolate brown velvet vest that closes at the front with a criss-cross string tie. She has a heavy cotton muslin one piece slip and a cotton half-slip. SHE IS SOMEHOW MISSING HER PANTALOONS! OH MY! She does retain her original socks and shoes! The soles have been replaced on the shoes. Now we come to. . .THE HAT! And, OH WHAT A HAT it is! PERFECT IN EVERY WAY! It is HAND-KNOTTED STRAW - BEAUTIFULLY FORMED and retains all of its ORIGINAL coral colored SILK FLOWERS and LONG green SILK STEMS! It is just about as GORGEOUS as the day it was made!
This FANTASTIC, EARLY and ALL ORIGINAL BROWN GLASS-EYED FRENCH CHINA DOLL would be a CHARMING ADDITION to any antique doll collection! Don't miss out on her!
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Item ID: LD-269
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