~*-*~The March Papier Mache Doll Sale went so well, we are all but SOLD OUT of papier maches at the moment (and it isn't even the end of March yet)... so what on earth are we to do? Expand the sale to China Ladies of course. For ONE WEEK ONLY, Tuesday March 14th-March 21st, we are marking down your very favorite china dolls in our shop, and dolls over $500 are still available on layaway at the heavy mark down price... so get your shopping shoes on and grab the china ladies you've been waiting for at prices you can only dream of. Search March China Dolls in our shop to see what else is on sale in this special one week only mark down, and purchase these one of a kind ladies before someone else sweeps away the china of your dreams!~*-*~
For the collector who seeks out the dolls that are above and beyond- this incredibly pristine lady is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an un-disturbed slice of history. If you insist upon excellence, quality, and un-compromised beauty, this magical lady is everything that you could ever dream of in a china lady. In her extraordinarily mint, all original, printed silk ball gown that is constructed mostly by hand, and with every original layer of undergarment just so, this doll is an investment that is worth three times what I am asking for her, in my opinion- as a doll of this caliber, of this excellence, just does not come along very frequently. I have never seen another AUTHENTIC 1860 era silk ball gown on a doll in this condition before, so I know that a collector who sees and appreciates the unparalleled historical value of this find will be beyond delighted with her. And her beauty is... well, dreamy. The photographs cannot capture the sweet, expressive face- she looks as though she was just nibbling the corner of her lip before accepting an invitation to dance from a dapper gentleman. The history and story of this doll is second to none and I know that she will be an heirloom piece. We have labeled her as part of our "Couronne Impériale Platin" selection of dolls because we know she is just that special (for more information on the guarantee and rewards included with a purchase at this level, see bellow.)
She has a mint porcelain china head on her all original cloth body with original oilcloth black shoes and leather hands with stitch indicated fingers. Her beautiful china head is as close to mint as I have ever seen, with only the tiniest two spots of wear to the very back of her hair (not noticeable unless you go looking for it.) Super rare molded bosom and exquisite painting of facial features including big violet/blue eyes with heavy lids and painted brows with sweet heart shaped lips with dark center line. Excellent rendering of hair with beautiful curls pulling back off of her face and parted bangs. That dramatic, beautifully molded shoulder-neckline underscores how much these early dolls walk the line between art and industrial toy as she has an unreal sense of artfulness woven into every element of her construction.
The costume is, as I mentioned before, unbelievably pristine. A hand and machine sewn ball gown from the 1860 era, the material of this particular gown is very special as it was a terrible challenge to find silks with patterns scaled to dolls! The petite triangles that decorate the gown sometimes look like hearts. Beautiful hand crocheted lace trim, completed by a velvet band around the hem line. The top is fully lined. Underneath she has her full suite of all original undergarments including; a ball ready extra fancy half slip with OUTSTANDING embroidery and eyelet cutout work (this piece sells on the retail market alone for $200) with another more simple half slip underneath to add volume, a beautiful chemise top and a sweet pair of pantaloons. All of this coming together to comprise the outfit of an outstanding doll that we know will be gone soon because of her stunning presentation.
Condition. Excellent. There is not one flaw to mention here. Everything is just as it should be. The tiniest bit of overall wear to hands and back of hair that no antique is free from. We know that you understand how incredibly uncommon it is to find a doll from the 1860 period in this incredible shape in her original costume with that dreamy expression, and all that we can say is that she will make her new owner incredibly happy. I am honored to even have such a gem standing beside me at my desk just now, knowing all she has seen and lived through, and yet remains virtually untouched by!
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~A Note On Our New 'Couronne' Three Tiered Rewards and Guarantee System~
Couronne, the French word for crown, has always been a term dear to my heart. I was born in Paris, French was my first language, and will always be my favorite way to talk about dolls. The circular nature and royal implication of the word 'couronne' make it an excellent adjective to describe the best of the best that we offer, here at Kathy Libraty's Antiques. As time goes on, I find it harder and harder to come across dolls of the highest and finest quality; and when I do have the pleasure of finding and subsequently offering them to my customers, expressing their growing rarity is difficult. Thus, we now have a way to do it in far fewer words than I have used in the past. Dolls of the highest excellence will now be offered in three tiers, each with an embossed tag expressing their level of merit:
~Couronne Dauphine D'Argent~ (Silver) To achieve the Dauphine level, a doll must be- shall we say, a cut above the pack. A doll at this level is exemplary, and would achieve Impériale or Royale status if not for a small flaw or two, acquired over her long life. These dolls are divine and stand out on their own. At this level, in addition to the doll purchased, the buyer receives a small gift, personalized thank you note, as well as a 5% off voucher for a future purchase.
~Couronne Royale D'Or~ (Gold) Dolls that achieve this level are rare, alluring, beautifully dressed and in very good condition. They exemplify everything that we look for in a doll and prize above others in a 100+ year old antique. At this level, our customers receive a small gift in addition to their package along with a personalized thank you note that is included with every doll we sell. A voucher for 7% off of your next purchase will be included.
~Couronne Impériale Platin~ (Platinum) The highest order of antique doll, a doll that is all original or otherwise exquisitely costumed in authentic, period appropriate attire. A doll that has an absolutely original body and without damage or compromise. With a doll at this level, we offer our customers a gift of antique doll jewelry, a luxury bonbon, personalized thank you note specifying the value and rarity of the item. Additionally, a voucher for 10% off of your next purchase from us. A receipt of your purchase for insurance purposes is also available upon request at this level, as well as in invitation to our Holiday Antique Doll High Tea at our home in and show room in Brooklyn, New York.