It's not unexpected that the Queen Louise doll could be found in many homes of young Victorian girls back in the day; the pleasant dolly expression, the simple yet familiar "look", all combine to make these girls one of the most recognizable by the German manufacturer. Manufactured in Germany circa 1900 and attributed to Armand Marseille, she is a sweet bisque girl modeled after the beloved Queen Louise. Such gorgeous girls from Armand Marseille are in many ways the "go-to" when it comes to portraying antique bisque dollies in movies and film, as well! This girl is particularly precious, with her extra-long curled eyelashes, great modeling, and with an expression and presentation that just begs for attention! She is far prettier in person than she is in the images, and I have a feeling she won't be here long.
DID YOU KNOW: Duchess Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Luise Auguste Wilhelmine Amalie; 10 March 1776 – 19 July 1810) was Queen Consort of Prussia as the wife of King Frederick William III. The couple's happy, though short-lived, marriage produced nine children, including the future monarchs Frederick William IV of PRUSSIA and German Emporer William I. Her legacy became cemented after her extraordinary 1807 meeting with French Emperor Napoleon I at Tilst – she met with the emperor to plead unsuccessfully for favorable terms after Prussia's disastrous losses in the Napoleonic Wars. She was already well loved by her subjects, but her meeting with Napoleon led Louise to become revered as "the soul of national virtue". Her early death at the age of thirty-four "preserved her youth in the memory of posterity", and caused Napoleon to reportedly remark the king "has lost his best minister". What a wonderful piece of doll history!
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This girl has a lovely bisque socket head on her original fully jointed composition and wood German doll body, repainted, standing at 22.5" tall. Huge almond shaped silvery blue sleep eyes with real upper curled lashes, and painted lower lashes, multi stroke and molded brows, open mouth with four upper teeth, dimpled chin, short blond mohair wig in tight curls. Dressed in a rose silk dress with lace trim and overlay, while a half slip in white cotton with scallop trim goes underneath, and a pair of white cotton pantaloons with lace trim, as well as a pair of black cotton knit socks and black faux leather shoes.
MARKS: Germany Queen Louise 9
CONDITION: Generally Excellent. Excellent quality pale bisque with pleasant coloring, expert painting of features, crisp modeling of desirable face. Beautiful extra-long lashes, and well-sleeping blue glass eyes. The original body has been repainted, and has a small repair to the interior of the left shoulder joint. Clothing is all very well and without damage. Overall, a sweet Queen Louise!
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