18 Inch (46 cm) Prevost era Huret with an slender elongated character face of pale bisque, downcast closed mouth, mournful blue painted eyes with heavy eyelids and thick black upper eyeliner, delicately painted lashes and brows, sharply pointed nose and rosy cheeks. The back of the head is incised HURET with an E or T (unclear) near the crown. A curly original white skin wig covers a cork pate.
The correct wooden body with swivel waist has jointing at shoulder, elbow, wrists, , hips and knee. This fantastic doll has the rare lead hands, which have some paint wear.The body is clearly stamped Huret 68 Rue de la Boetie.
Circa 1905-1917, this gentleman is dressed in a silk jester costume in magenta and ivory with gold metallic braid trim and brass bells. The shoes, worn over long stockings, match the costume. There is some melting of the silk as seen in the photos. No damage and no repair from a non smoking environment.
At the turn of the 20th century, the art doll movement had great influence on the European doll market. In 1905, 30 year old Elisa Prevost brought what remained of the famous Huret company back to life, moving the business to the address impressed on the body of this doll. Mademoiselle Prevost with her interest in art, music and fashion, modeled her dolls with somewhat austere, androgynous features, perfectly symbolizing their era. The redesigned wood bodies had sophisticated,nearly invisible, articulation, often with metal hands. Although we can still call them dolls, the purpose of the Prevost Huret was decorative, not for children's play.
The antique Jester comes with a Reproduction Huret Table and Chair and antique writing booklet from 1905. The writing book has a blotter, paper to write on, envelopes etc. and comes with a mother of pearl ink pen to write with. Item#61615 PC