~Announcing our very exciting Back to School sale! We are marking down 100 of our favorite dolls that give us nostalgia for the childhood joys of going back to school this September so you can enjoy a new dolly at delightful price that won't break the bank. This wonderful little lady is included in the sale- why not go ahead and indulge? To see what else is on sale, simply search Back to School in our shop!~
Ladies and gentlemen, we are delighted to offer for sale this extremely rare and elusive Simon & Halbig character child doll that is seldom found and so sought after by the connoisseurs of German character children. We are awarding her the Couronne Royale D'Or designation (see below for definition). If you are interested in acquiring a doll that treads the fine line between plaything and a historically important work of art, you have found a prime example in this doll. There is no element of expression left un-captured by the artist in this face; from the deep and crisp modeling of the dimples, to the slight overbite of the lips and delicate smile, to the way that the light makes the eyes glow from the definition of the lower lid and the delight expressed in the eyebrows, this doll is a living portrait that will breathe life into any display. I am bereft that I must sell her as I am sure that I will never come across another in this rare larger size that allows these intricate details to be fully expressed. She is presented in a delightful antique costume and on a near mint body, there is nothing sub-par about this extraordinary doll!
~We are offering this sweet girl on layaway for up to 8 months! What a treat she is... Just let us know at checkout that you need time to pay for her or give us a call at 718.859.0901 if you have any questions about her. And she ships for free in the US!~
She has a beautiful bisque socket head on a fully jointed composition and wood body with original finish. Blue painted eyes , tapered brows, open/closed mouth with four upper teeth, lips modeled in a smiling position, long tail blond mohair wig with copious curls.
She is well dressed in an antique blue and white checkered cotton dress with wonderful antique white organdy pinafore with lace and embroidery accents. She also wears a floppy straw hat with applied cloth flowers, antique cream cotton chemise with lace trim, antique combination pantaloons and top with blue insertion ribbons, white cotton socks, antique blue (repainted) oilcloth shoes with metal buckles. A very sweet presentation in a schoolgirl costume.
MARKS: 151 S & H 7 ½
CONDITION: EXCELLENT. Fine quality bisque head with crisp and deep modeling the most gorgeous smiling face with deep cheek dimples, expert and detailed painting of features, gentle color. Significant wig pulls at the back of the head (see photos). The original body in excellent, original finish condition. This is the one of the most desirable of the Simon & Halbig Character children that is rarely ever found. A stunning Beauty! She currently books for about $7000 in this size. But due to her hidden wig pulls I am pricing her to sell. LBK 6-25-16. TBS 8/3/16
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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.*