Oh my... Look at that silhouette- look at that incredible snooded hairdo- the corseted body-the red leather tasseled boots- and this face. There is nothing less than superb about this incredible China lady. When you pull her out of the box for the first time, and see her violet/blue eyes and her trained morning gown draping gracefully around her...I know you will be as taken with her as we are. A doll of this majesty and delicacy is rare to come by and even harder to find in an antique costume with antique undergarments like this, so I know that she will marked "Sale Pending" soon as china ladies of this quality in this large size are never on the market long. This is a singular presentation, especially in this burgundy with white trim; she is truly a cut above, hence why she is being sold with our ~Couronne D'Or~ Guarantee and gifts (see bellow) because we are positive that her new owner will be smitten with the decision to adopt this beautiful lady into their collection.
*Yes, she is available on our liberal eight month layaway plan! Give us a call anytime at 718.859.0901 to hear an in hand description of her condition, or to discuss layaway terms.*
She has a pale porcelain head in perfect original condition with that wonderful Conta & Boehme milky quality sheen. Beautiful big blue eyes, soft red lips with delicate painting. Fabulous hairstyle of rare snood with a comb lower down continuing into a second snooded low bun. The front of the style billows back from her face with little brushstrokes at the sides, with finger waves at the crown that extend into large four large sausage curls giving volume and regal stature to the costume. For the collector who must have the best, she is an incredible wealth of information on the history of fashion and hairstyle of the 1870's. She is on her INCREDIBLE Goldsmith body with a sage green corset, wonderful original mitten stitched hands with red leather tasseled boots. This is a fabulous value point, especially as it is in excellent, no leak, condition.
Her exquisite, period appropriate costume is a one of a kind doll sized masterpiece as far as we are concerned! This spectacular, early trained morning gown features some exquisite double scalloped hem embroidery around the bottom, at the cuffs, and at the pockets. It is not every day that we find fabulous Victorian day dresses in doll size with functional pockets! Wonderful white trim with white cased buttons down the front. The dress does, however, have a considerable amount of wear, there are some scattered pin holes (at the shoulders, and at the back of the torso, mainly), and some minor touch ups, but truly, if this gown were in perfect condition, it would sell separately for about $800 due to its rarity and exquisite cut. The silhouette here is like no other. She has a fine set of original pantaloons and a sweet half slip with crochet edging. This costume is truly memorable!
Condition: Excellent. She is truly in wonderful condition. She is in all original shape without any excuses, with an excellent body and beautiful overall sculpting and modeling. She has a few very minor flakes to the hair, but these are small and do not affect her value. When we see the photo blown up here, they seem much larger than they actually are in person. We just don't see girls with hair this rare every day; the last China lady that I had with this hairstyle sold the day that she went up for $2350, and her costume was not nearly this dramatic! We love this girl and know she's going to make one lucky collector very happy.
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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.