17 Inch French Statuette Poupee Radiquet and Cordonnier with a very unique body and is beautifully dressed
The 17" (43 cm.)antique French bisque doll by Radiguet and Cordonnier 1880-1885 has a very unique body patented by Georges Cordonnier. His idea was to design a statuette-doll representing a graceful adult woman. Not intended as a play doll, the bisque socket head is on a kid edged bisque shoulder plate with deeply molded bosom. The French fashion type head has blue glass eyes, upper and lower painted lashes, delicate feathered brows, closed mouth with center accent line and pierced ears. The wig is dark blonde mohair. The very firmly stuffed lady body has a narrow waist and shapely derriere. The lower legs are bisque to the knee and have feet molded in shoe form with a slight heel with holes that fit over a pegged wood stand. This version of the doll has straight arms with kid upper portion and bisque forearms having artistically sculpted hands. This is the correct combination of bisque head and shoulderplate, a shapely kid body, bisque arms and legs for the Radiguet & Cordonnier “statuette-doll.”
The doll is beautifully costumed in a dress of antique net, chiffon and silk accented with a velvet waistband that matches her velvet and lace bonnet. Underneath she wears an antique slip and pantelettes. Formfitting leather covers the shoe shaped feet.
No damage and no repair except the person it came from said one thumb is re-glued. If so, I can’t see it. There is some minor patching to the body. Coming at the end of the French fashion doll era, this lady was designed for wearing and changing stylish clothes. What fun it would be to outfit this unique doll with a stylish trousseau!
This fantastic doll is very clean and from a non-smoking home.