~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!~
I cannot express how amazing this doll is- she just did not photograph as well as she looks in person. I have her on the table of my doll room, and of all the girls around, this lady towers over most others and stands out from the crowd with the most beautiful face of the lot. Once in a while a truly gorgeous 109 comes along, and, ladies and gentlemen, this is she; those huge blue eyes, that flowing red hair, and the most exquisite overall presentation! I love everything about her- from her bonnet to her shoes and all that lies in between, she's an extraordinary doll. We are offering her with our Gold Level guarantee and rewards (see below.)
~Yes, she is available on layaway! Take up to eight months to pay for this fabulous girl. Take your time to pay for her- and she ships for free!~
Bisque socket head on a fully jointed composition and wood body signed Heinrich Handwerck. Gorgeous watery blue sleep eyes with expertly painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroke flat brows, open mouth with four upper teeth, deeply dimpled chin, striking red mohair wig. Dressed in a lovely and possibly original antique white cotton dress with tucking and insertion , scalloped and embroidered hem, ruffled flouncy bib at the bodice and shorter ruffle at the collar, vertical tucks to the upper chest area, wide aqua blue sash, , antique cotton chemise with tatted edge trim, antique half slip with lace edge trim, antique cotton pantaloons with lace edge trim, white cotton knit socks and white leather single strap shoes. On her head she wears a wonderful antique organdy bonnet with triple rows of ruffled lace trim and pastel colored embroidered accents.
MARKS: 109 – 15 DEP
On body: HANDWERCK
CONDITION: Excellent. Gorgeous, powdery pale bisque with expert and delicate painting of features, crisp and deep modeling of an absolutely gorgeous face, pleasant, subtle color. Minor wig pulls high on crown rim under the wig. The original chunky body with shiny original finish and in excellent condition with very minimal age wear and signed HANDWERCK on the rump. One finger re-glued. An exceptional example of this lovely desirable Handwerck mold!! She has a decidedly French look with her large eyes and thick brows and she was probably made for the French Market!! Don’t let this gem get away!
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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.