Mademoiselle Penelope is a precious gift from the past. Stepping straight out of the 1850's, as though untouched by time, Penelope's beauty is hard to convey in the photographs, but I can, with confidence say that I have never seen a more beautiful, more pristine glazed Blampoix in my many years of handling dolls. If you think she is pretty in the pictures- well you have no idea how incredible she is when before you. An extremely rare Blampoix, Mademoiselle Penelope was one of the earliest poupees in porcelain ever made, as well as one of the finest ever produced by Blampoix as the firm rarely made extremely expensive 'pink tinted' models such as she. With the most angelic face, an outstanding original costume, her original shoes and wig, near MINT delicate pink kid body... Let alone her majestic, large scale size. Mademoiselle Penelope is destined to be a favorite in the collection of whomever she next calls "Mamma," or "Pappa." Did you examine her ensemble yet? That 1850's woven wool gets me every time, especially in this cobalt blue that seems made to match her big cobalt eyes. On that topic- what a cape- what a hat! What a presentation; she could converse and interact with sisters on the caliber of Huret and Rohmer with ease, in the tea parlor, with her cloak displayed to the side, or perhaps she could take a trip to the market in her very own vignette. You just don't find poupees like this too frequently- especially these early enfantines, they are so few and far between. Take advantage of her availability before she is gone for good, off to her new home! You won't want to regret missing her!
~Mademoiselle Penelope is available on layaway! Take up to 1 year to pay for this beauty. Give us a call anytime at 718.859.0901 to hear an in hand description of her wonderful condition, or to discuss layaway terms. We would be happy to answer any questions about this beautiful doll. 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!~
Glazed china porcelain shoulderhead on original faded pink kid body in wonderful condition, with beautiful early blue cobalt eyes with eyeliner (in original pitch setting,) painted upper and lower eye lashes, blond brows, sumptuous fully outlined lips, delicate blushing, wonderful coloring. Her original body is in superb condition, completely hand stitched, with individual fingers, shapely behind, excellent condition with beautiful gussets at elbows, hips, and knees.
Mademoiselle is wearing a spectacular all original wool enfantine day dress in near mint condition. All original with fabulous princess sleeves, delicate lace around the collar and cuffs with a completely lined bodice and voluminous skirt. Piped waist band. Entirely hand stitched. Underneath she has her full set of original undergarments including a lovely chemise that has had some of the collar lace reattached, a very full half slip, and original lace trimmed panties. She has adorable antique striped socks and leather curved sole shoes. While we are on the topic of accessories- she is sporting a delicious grey wool cape with burgundy velvet top that has faded, accented by red velvet trimming. Matching grey chapeau with red ties and festive berry trimmings. She most certainly is delicious.
Condition: Excellent. She is in as close to perfect as they possibly come! Excellent porcelain free of blemishes, rubs, or peppers, perfect plate, wonderful painting of features with large cobalt eyes. Body is in wonderful condition, only minor age-wear to hands. Garments are in beautiful antique shape, with only minor agewear, fading to cape. 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.*