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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