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Life Size 35" Francois Gaultier Block French Bebe in Original Costume & Great Condition!
What words can we say about this extraordinary doll? For one thing, she will most likely need a chair and space of her own due to her very imposing size. If you have the room to spare and the love of big French Bebes, you have found a real treasure in this wonderful FG Bebe! We just love her. She is an outstanding example of the BEST of the best made by Gaultier during the golden age of doll production, this exquisite bebe was either made as a store display or meant to be gifted to a very special child because her family would have paid a very pretty penny for such a large display model. And what a lucky little girl she must have been to find such a large playmate under her Christmas tree. On her original fully jointed body with straight wrists, she will certainly enchant all who see her.
~Mademoiselle is available on layaway! Feel free to give our office a call any time at 718.859.0901 to discuss layaway terms; please contact us before purchasing her with a layaway during the 50% off sale!~ Would you like more photographs before making your decision about this outstanding doll? Just let us know! We are happy to provide them! Plus, this wonderful French Bebe has earned our highest honor. She is designated as a ~Couronne Impériale Platin~ (Platinum) --see below for details.~
She has a lovely pressed bisque socket head on her original fully jointed FG body with straight wrists. She has the most endearing chocolate brown almond-cut paperweight eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroked brows, closed mouth with shading and accents, pierced ears with lovely antique earrings, dimpled chin, sensuous golden blond French human hair wig plus an antique brown human hair wig which may be original to her.
Wearing a stunning antique olive velvet and sag silk and lace bebe frock which is fully lined and could only have been constructed by a seamstress of the Victorian era, perhaps for a very wealthy child. This dress boasts exquisite craftsmanship and fine details along with a perfect fit. She also wears several layers of antique undergarments, net socks and tan leather shoes. Her antique net bonnet is frilly and compliments her fancy dress perfectly with a dusty purple silk ribbon which adds a subtle touch of complimentary color to the entire ensemble. Just a marvelous authentic presentation for this darling treasure from a bygone era. Will you be the lucky custodian of this wonderful family heirloom?
MARKS: F. 15 G.
CONDITION: EXCELLENT! She has lovely head with pale bisque, pleasant color, expert painting of delicate features, crisp modeling of tender and sweet face resembling the ever popular Bru doll. She does have two minor cheek rubs, one which has a small spot of paint touch up. This is negligible to her condition. The original body in clean and sturdy condition with minor age wear and paint retouch to the joints and hands. This wonderful Bebe is so adorable! A really impressive display ready charmer with that certain “Je ne sais quoi!”
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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.*
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