Meet Mademoiselle Violette; a Parisienne of rarity, beauty and excitement. An extremely rare and sought after doll for the collector who seeks out excellence in every category, Mademoiselle Violette is very pleased to make your acquaintance. I have always loved the dolls of Blampoix for their dynamic expressions and very demure features--they are not all like other Parisienne poupees. With such sumptuous lips, inquisitive brows, rare blushed ears, and wonderful quality of painting, all come together to make these singular dolls memorable, desirable and wonderful investments for the particular collector! There is nothing to overlook with her perfect bisque, stunning costume, original details- and especially that shop label. I, myself, have always loved dolls with shop labels- and this particular label is extremely rare; I have not found any other dolls documented with this particular label, though there is some information about the shop in the French Encyclopedia of dolls (page scans available upon request.) Blampoix made a very small number of dolls compared to their competitor Barrois, and far fewer than Jumeau or Gaultier, and thus we can be assured that each doll upheld the highest level of quality and care that the company was known for. For more information on this illustrious firm, see pages 145-149 in Danielle & Francois Theimer's book 'The Panorama of Parisienne Dolls.' This model was made in the 1860's is often found in a much smaller size, so it is quite special to have this big 21.5" girl! I think my favorite thing about her would be her large cobalt eyes. We have named her Violette as she has the slightest hint of purple in the eyes, rendering them ever so alluring. Did we mention thatt along with her wonderful antique pinstriped pink and cream cotton dress, she is hiding one of the most fabulous antique doll corsets we have ever seen? Get a good look at the photographs because this is the sort of corset that sells for $600 or more! I know we will not have Mlle Violette for long... so if you can afford her, jump in and do it, this is a doll that we only find once in a blue moon. Please contact us for additional photos, too!
~Mademoiselle Violette is available on layaway, however, please note that during the Red Tag Sale, preference is being given to Cash Buyers; those interested in a customized layaway plan, please contact us before purchasing; we can offer her at a rate of $2000 per month at this time for the Tag Sale price.~ Not to mention, she comes with the highest level of gifts and guarantees- the Couronne Platin level- that we offer with our antique dolls, reserved only for the best-of-the-best. Not to mention that she ships for free anywhere in the world!~
Bisque socket head on original bisque plate, with beautiful early blue cobalt eyes with eyeliner, eye lashes, blond brows, sumptuous fully outlined lips, delicate blushing, wonderful coloring. Her original body is in superb condition with beautiful original label, completely hand stitched, with individual toes, individual fingers, shapely behind, excellent condition with beautiful gussets at elbows, hips, and knees.
Violette sports a spectacular day dress in beautiful antique cotton day dress constructed of a delicate pink and cream pinstripe silk with lace edging. The color is more vibrant in person! Gorgeous coloring, she looks like a spring confection, quite ready to see the sailboats on the lake at the Tuileries! Underneath she has a wonderful selection of undergarments including a beautiful half slip with an eyelet embroidered hem with tucking details, as well as a lovely pair of pantaloons, original leather shoes with buckles, original socks, and wonderful antique trimmed hat as well as her crowning glory of the original wig! We never find them with their original wigs like this... What an amazing lady! ~Mademoiselle Violette also comes with a spectacular antique white cotton corset with amazing contouring, original to her period, circa 1868, in WONDERFUL condition with only two minor spots on the straps. A mint condition piece worn by a mint condition doll! What more could we ask for in such a beautiful lady.
Marks: None. Shop Label: J. Paquet, no 25 & 27, Passage Vero Dodat, près le Palais Royal et Rue de Rivoli, Jouets d'enfants, tabletterie, jeux divers, ebeniste.
Condition: Excellent. She is in as close to perfect as they possibly come! Excellent bisque, free of blemishes, rubs, or peppers, perfect plate, wonderful painting of features with large violet/cobalt eyes. Body is in wonderful condition, only minor soiling and age-wear. Garments are in beautiful antique shape, however, there are a few age spots to the back of the gown (nothing noticeable unless you go looking for them.) She is so wonderful! Take your time to go through the photos, we have a lot of literature available about her, we would be happy to send page scans if her new parent is interested! A treasure in every way.
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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 . 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. *Insurance receipts are also available upon request for any doll at these levels.*