"I will only wear the very best to the soiree!" this breathtaking Demoiselle must have decreed just before acquiring her stunning all original costume. One of the most exquisite poupees I have had the pleasure of handling, this remarkable young lady is an incredible slice of history. In perfect condition, head to toe original, as if untouched by time, this vision of a doll has just stepped out of 1872 and into our arms.
If you are looking for the best of the best in the arena of Fashion Poupees, look no further; this spectacular all original Jumeau poupee is the gold standard of excellence that connoisseurs dream of. I would be doing her a disservice if I did not wax poetic just a bit on her historical importance as perhaps THE earliest poupee produced by Jumeau. Marked only with a J on the shoulderplate, and poured of a very thick pressed bisque, I believe that she was produced after Jumeau shifted away from selling Papier mache dolls, and founded their own factory in Montreuil in 1872, where they made heads like these up until the mid 1870's. At that time, the 'mode' of these dolls was the Enfantine fashion, as the influence of Huret and Rohmer was felt by the Jumeau company, and we can clearly see that in this example through the thickness of her neck and the plump of her cheeks, but she is costumed as a lady, which further marks her as a transitional model. The incredible costume on this beauty dates her to be one of the earliest poupees produced at Montreuil, exactly in 1872, as the mode Enfantine costume was no longer popular, and was replaced with the more mature body type of the classic lady doll. With every single detail just so, from her magnificent cobalt blue eyes and original wig, to her outstanding original shoes and the most magnificently painted features (have a look at those lips!) I know that she will not be here long. We are offering her with our highest level of gifts and guarantees, (Couronne Platin) because she is, in every way, a top tier premiere doll.
~Mademoiselle is available on layaway! Take up to 10 months to pay for this outstanding doll. I know that we just won't see another like this again anytime soon, so act fast before she is swept away, as all of the others we have most recently brought to market have been. Feel free to give us a call at 718.859.0901 to discuss her impeccable condition, or to ask about layaway terms. You can also send us an email! What's more, she ships anywhere in the US for free!~
She has a bisque shoulder-head on her all original leather body with bisque hands. Beautiful modeling of the body, all hand stitched, free of any leaks or blemishes. Bisque hands are in all original, mint condition. Painting of the facial features is just a dream come true. Pert little lips, piqued nose, gentle ears, large cobalt eyes, delicately blushed cheeks and a most demur expression. She has her original fashion poupee wig.
Her ALL ORIGINAL SILK costume is just exquisite! She is wearing a stunning navy blue dinner dress with a box pleated train that is accented with cream silk and lace. There is a fully pleated panel down the front in cream lace that is covered over by the jacket top (hidden to the viewer, oddly enough), delicately embellished cuffs with aqua silk ribbon trimming and a matching bow at the early bustle in the back, and wonderful cut with an open neck that exposes the decolte. Underneath she sports a lace trimmed chemise, flared and flounced half slip, as well as a lovely pair of pantaloons, all original and in great shape. She is completed by a fabulous pair of original shoes and a brass hair comb set with paste diamonds. What more could we ask for??
Marks: J (front shoulderplate corner)
Condition: Excellent. She is in pristine condition, free of any damage or imperfection to the bisque head and hands. Her costume, unfortunately, has had some melting, but it is in structurally sound condition, and with careful conservation, she will be in excellent condition for years to come. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or with any specific photo requests, we will be happy to send them over.
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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.*
LBS 7/23/16, TBS 7/30/16