~New Year-New Doll? Or rather, New Year, Antique Doll! We are having a 48 Hour Flash Sale from midnight Dec. 31st through midnight January 2nd... Our New Years Day sale. We are marking down some of our favorite goodies to battle that holiday Cabin Fever after the stress of the end of the year. If you've been dreaming about a doll as your holiday treat, it's time to get yourself the gift you really wanted- on sale! Layaways still available! Just search New Year in your shop to see what else is up for grabs.~
Meet the most recent, and frankly, most outrageously fabulous addition to our exclusive family of demoiselles; Mademoiselle Celeste! An outstanding museum quality doll in all original, mint condition, this extraordinary poupee is guaranteed to make a statement in any doll room. One of the largest and most beautiful poupees I have ever seen (let alone handled,) Celeste is an exquisite, 37" poupee who has spent most of her life in Europe, kept in pristine condition in her all original silk couture gown, and now she is ready to make her grand entrance into her new home! Produced by the Francois Gaultier firm in the early 1880's, most certainly for exhibition as we have never seen another of this height in our many years of buying and selling antique dolls. I am certain that I will never seen another Gaultier poupee like this, however, not because of her beauty and her size, but because Mademoiselle Celeste is wearing perhaps the most exquisite couturier made gown I have ever seen. Truly a half scale couture ball gown, this amazing costume boasts panel after panel of silk on silk embroidery with rose silk trimming and lace edging, a massive cameo centerpiece and an extraordinary bonnet... No, there simply is no competition; Celeste is, as her name would imply, a seldom glimpsed vision of another time and place, preserved perfectly so that she may be passed down to future generations and treasured as the rare and radiant piece of history that she is. Celeste is offered with our platinum level gifts and guarantees because we are very confident that this incredible doll will be a crowning jewel in any collection, large or small. Get her before someone else realizes that they cannot live without her!
~Mademoiselle Celeste is available on layaway, Take up to 1 year to pay for this amazing poupee! We have tons of additional photographs of her, if you'd like to see them, just check in with us. If you'd like to hear more about her, or discuss layaway terms, inquire about more photos, or hear an in hand description of her condition, give us a call at 718.859.090.~ Paypal is reserved for international customers on layaways.
She has the palest bisque head with expert painting of features, delicate attention paid to lashes, brows and lips. Exquisite blushing of cheeks and mauve eye shadow, as well as perfect sculpting of ears with blushing to top. Dramatic dark eye liner and perfect branching lashes. She is on her beautiful original kid body with a few patches, and some wear overall to the hands and feet. Individually wired toes, and full gusset joints at the knees, hips and elbows. We have chosen not to undress her as she is sewn into her ball gown, and we would not want to dismantle such a masterpiece! She is wearing a custom made mohair wig in elaborate up-do with beautiful coiled spirals in a half up, half down style, and she has her original long humanhair wig with ribbons woven into her elaborate braids. How beautiful!
As you know from the photographs, this gown is beyond words. She is wearing a wonderful original embroidered silk panneled ball gown with a massive soft bustle train. High cut v-line collar that shows just a touch of decolte (Mademoiselle must, after-all, make a statement), with beautiful rose silk faille ruffle down the front that is accented with ruffled lace trim on each edge of the bodice, cloaking the corset closure of her gown. The sleeves are edged with rose faille, and a large, festive faille swag drapes across the front of the gown, culminating in the most voluptuous bow at the back of the bustle. WOW. There are tons of other little details that I could not even begin to describe here, so please have a very close look at her photographs... This is an outstanding ensemble. What an ensemble. The skirt is lined in silk, weighted and then lined again in a thin cotton. She has a silk full slip with two layers of skirts, and a pair of white cotton pantaloons. She is wearing her original cream silk slippers that have had later elements added. She carries an ostrich feather fan, and is completed with an outrageously fabulous hat. Look at that hat. Plumes, feathers, velvet, silk... Everything that a lady of such distinction could possibly want for. What a doll.
Marks: 12 (head)
Condition: Excellent. Her bisque is lovely, the modeling is wonderful, with a round face, plump lips, and beautiful fox-like blue glass spiral eyes. The body is in very good condition, with only minor soiling; there is some slight settling, but not enough to really impact her impressive height. There are two minor mold flaws to her bisque; one line on her right cheek and a dark line under her nose. These marks are not at all noticeable unless you are extremely close to her face and I don't think that they affect her value whatsoever. I have never seen another like her, I don't think we will come across a doll so extraordinary again. We are happy to answer any and all questions about her beautiful, large Mademoiselle!
~Our Three Tiered 'Couronne' 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 it will always be my favorite way to talk about dolls. The royal implication of the word 'couronne' makes 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 to express 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.*
Our Service Guarantee: We promise that you will be happy with your doll, or we will do everything in our power to ensure that you have a positive experience purchasing from us. The item that you buy from us is guaranteed to be in as described condition, carefully wrapped, packed to ensure that you get the doll in the condition that it was in when we took the photographs, and lovingly taken care of until it reaches you. We are aware that we charge a little more than many, why is that? We have taken the time to painstakingly ensure that every detail of your doll is stellar, to research her history, to find out where she came from, and provide as much information as we can about this beautiful piece of history. From shoes to wig, to body, to clothes and accessories, we know that you are investing money in your purchase, and the only investments that hold up over time are ones that are cabinet ready, and visually appealing, especially for those who will consider reselling their treasures at a later date. We are promising you a beautiful doll, a positive experience, a layaway that allows you to get the doll you want, and a 3 day money-back guarantee. If you don't absolutely love your doll, we will take it back and give you a full refund, no questions asked. Because we are that confident in the quality of our beautiful dolls. Feel free to get in contact with our office for further details about our dolls, our service guarantee or our what we have coming up. Need more information on our customer service and product quality? Check out our perfect 5 star rating in the upper right hand corner of our shop banner.