It can be hard to describe the allure and import of antique dolls to those who are not collectors or historians; but the universality of this doll's sublime face and costume is transcendent, the gold standard of Victorian beauty and revivalism. All dolls, in my opinion, have a story, stories that are rarely traceable, but we are very excited to say this beautiful lady has left us clues to piece together the parts of her past. Firstly, Mademoiselle is on a stamped 'Brevete' body with the S.G.D.G. indication, in beautiful condition with individually stitched toes and fingers, desirable gussetted jointing and beautiful facial features with those big blue eyes and very delicate lips! But once we move past oogling this spectacular face and body, we can observe her outstanding costume. Mademoiselle wears her original couturier costume that was most probably made for exhibition or commemorative purposes, as the particular style of the costume is very particular and makes her an incredible slice of history. Many doll and automaton collectors are familiar with the very lavish Roullet & Descamps automatons featuring noble looking ladies in pastoral scenes, particularly utilizing the 'Olympia' head by Maison Jumeau from the Series Fantastique, rumored to be modeled after Marie Antoinette, but what we see even less frequently are stationary dolls produced around the same years (1882-83) dressed by the same couturiers in the same style.
Known as the Watteau mode of dress, as made famous by the beloved 18th century French painter, Jean-Antoine Watteau in the 'Fete Gallant' genre, which depicted wealthy court ladies such as Marie Antoinette and her ladies in sumptuous silks and velours cut into pastoral modes of dress. We suspect that this beautiful Gualtier was made for an exhibition focusing on revivalist costumes or specifically interested in a recreation of this wonderful, whimsical style of dress. We once handled a Roulet & Descamps automaton of this period, and upon seeing this wonderful Poupee in her original costume, we knew that they were linked as this particular style of costume is so hard to come by and so singular, especially for a collector who spans the 18th and 19th centuries in their interests. Truly one of a kind and wonderful in every way, this beautiful lady will not be here long! If you've been looking for a very special piece of antique doll history, look no further, this beautiful Fashion Poupee will make a museum worthy addition to any collection.
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She has a pale bisque head on bisque shoulderplate with large blue spiral paperweight eyes, delicate shading of lips, fine painting of eyelashes, multistroke brows, dark liner around eyecuts and pert little nose. Beautiful blond mohair wig in fine golden crown braid with tendrils. Pierced ears wearing earrings and matching necklace.
She is wearing a spectacular original Watteau Victorian Revival costume dressed to be posed in a bucolic scene as a milkmaid. The gown is made of a sumptuous silk velvet with handmade french lace embellishment, along with a beautiful gold metallic ribbon trim around the hem. Lovely set of fabulous antique undergarments including a full 'Princess slip' with ruffled hem, a wonderful pantaloon set with lace around the edges. She has a very fine antique pair of net lace socks, and a very well made pair of black fashion doll boots (I'm not sure of their age, probably a very well made early vintage pair.) A delightful straw bonnet with antique silk bonnet with delightful pompom finishes the ensemble. She just looks divine!
Marks: (back of head) 5
Body: BREVETE 1 S.G.D.G. 3
Condition: Excellent. This wonderful lady is in near mint condition, free of hairlines, cracks, chips or damage to the bisque; the body is in beautiful shape, with only minor soiling to the hands, minor patches to the shoulders and a bit of settling at the hips. What a wonderful doll on so beautiful a body with this near mint original costume... I am bereft to sell her! Get her before she is gone for good.
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