~As we enter the final week in March, it is time for our third annual Tax Return Sale. First we had papier maches on sale, then china dolls, and now, ladies and gentlemen of the doll world; it is time for the Bisque and Bebe sale of your dreams! From now until April 15th, we will be giving you a very, VERY good opportunity to utilize those tax return dollars with a mark down sale that is TOO BIG for us to do in one sitting, so we will be adding dolls to it in small gasps- starting at the top with our most beloved and extraordinary bebes, down to the sweetest and already affordable German dollies. Come join the doll fun and search Tax Return in our shop to see all the dolls and accessories included in the sale!~
If one could have but only ONE wax doll in their entire life, it should be this girl. Have a look at everything else available on the market- or in museums- or in the books, and I promise- this will be the girl you keep coming back to. She is- in a word- ethereal. Transcendent. From her exquisite, original c. 1862 dress to her incredible gradient blue eyes, to her AMAZING original hand inset young goat mohair wig of 8" in length (curled- it's 12.5" straight)... we know that another Wax this precious is nowhere to be found. Not to mention her absolutely luminous wax face. She is an incredible doll and we know she belongs in a museum- or top collection, displayed prominently as a crowing gem. By the English firm Meech, this doll is an example of the best of the best dolls that we offer to our clients. Despite her EXTREMELY minor damage, we are offering her with our top tier of gifts and guarantees because she is obviously a platinum level doll that will not be seen again- she will come with gifts of victorian doll jewels, bonbons, and a 10% off carte for your next purchase along with an invite to Holiday Doll Tea in our showroom at our Brooklyn home or private appointment at your leisure. We cannot say enough good things about this doll- so we will let the photographs speak for themselves.
~She is offered on our 8 month layaway plan. Send us an email or call our office at 718.859.0901 to discuss payment options. Not to mention, she of course ships for free.*
She has a poured wax head with blue glass inset eyes that melt from dark blue to ice blue with dark pupils, painted lashes, brows and red lips (perhaps touched up?) Original wax hands and feet with stunning carving and careful rendering0 all fingers prsent with details like molded fingernails. Feet have molded toenails and are in good condition for their age! (Two toes missing on left foot.) Unbelievable curly golden mohair wig with short curled bangs, amazing double braided head band of flaxen locks plaited into a delicious dutch crown. Stunning cascading golden curls fall down the back of her gown. Her presentation is on point.
She wears an UNBELIEVABLE antique printed wool day dress of the Mode Enfantine genre. An English doll such as this would have been a quick option for the expansion of a French girl's collection, to sit beside a Huret, Blampoix or Rohmer doll. This very special day gown is exactly the sort of dress a Huret poupee would have worn. Entirely hand stitched, the top of the dress is lined, and it is trimmed with a delicate black velour ribbon. Some minor touch ups to the fabric where it has worn thin, but we must remember that alone, this dress retails for around $500 in this condition. She has a complete set of undergarments that are original to her including pantaloons, a full chemise with lace top that was sewn on, and an additional crochet trimmed half slip (retail value of $250 for her incredibly rare set of undergarments from this era.) She has black antique shoes and matching beige socks. We are not going to undress her, as when we received her, we found this dress, which appears to be absolutely original to her in another trunk from the same estate- once we dressed her, we realized that taking the costume off for photographs would be detrimental to both the doll and her arms because it fits like a glove- so we can give a vivid description of the body and extremities from memory without disturbing her integrity. Simply give us a call if you need more information about it, we would be happy to discuss her.
Condition. Exquisite for her age. Head is as perfect as they come, without significant scratch or break anywhere. Arms are perfect, hands are perfect. Her right foot has some chipping to the toes, however (please see explicit photos) and the left upper leg has a very small chip to the wax. All metal attachments of wax to cloth are perfect. For the collector interested in truly one of a kind dolls, act quickly as this Wax Child will not be here long at all.
~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.
LBE, 9/10/15, TBS, 2/10/16