If you are looking for a fashion poupee that is simply unlike any other, you have landed in the right lane! One of the most spectacular, all original poupees we have ever handled, this beautiful girl is a mysterious, yet outstanding example who, we believe, was made by one of the most important French manufacturers of Fashion Poupee heads, Lazare Frayon, as a custom commission for an unknown firm. The singularity of her features suggest that she was not made by Jumeau, Gaultier, or another large scale maker, but rather that she was part of a small batch production of heads for a specific client whose name has been lost to time. We have researched her for days, and believe that this is the most likely way that her story unfolded. But before I get ahead of myself, perhaps we should walk together and discover the story 'ensemble,' as she might say...
Let us step back in time and stroll down the streets of 1860's Paris, as the production of Parisienne poupees has become a source of great national pride for France, and two porcelain manufacturers are beginning to compete to become the principal supplier of special Poupee heads for companies who do not have the financial freedom to self manufacture like the illustrious Maison Huret or Rohmer. At this moment, Lazare Frayon has held a tight gripped monopoly on the market as the main porcelain supplier to firms such as Barrois, Blampoix, and Steiner who all owned very significant corners of the retail market, but this grip is challenged, when a new supplier appears- the Francois Gaultier firm emerges as a major maker and wholesaler of porcelain heads. Gaultier lands substantial contracts over the coming years with very important companies, most famously Jumeau (whose heads he manufactured their heads until the early 1870's), and he even stole away much of Blampoix's business from Frayon. In response, Frayon stepped up his game to offer his clients the very best service, with private consultations to develop models of porcelain heads to fit the very specific needs and desires of these smaller independent firm; and here is where this gorgeous poupee steps in. With a very individual face, extremely different from any of the other models produced by Gaultier (who only made a 'standard' or 'classic' face doll), we suspect that this beauty was the fruit of one such contract with a smaller firm by Frayon. Later, Frayon would go on to be the principal supplier of Bru and Halopeau because of his careful attention to detail and personal services. Wearing a spectacular Enfantine ensemble, with a classic wasp waisted body (very early) we know that this beautiful girl is truly a singular model that you will not find again! Take a good long moment to get lost in those beautiful eyes and we are certain that you will be as charmed by her as we are. We are offering her with our highest level of gifts and guarantees because she is just that spectacular- nothing less than Courrone Platin for this special lady!
~Mademoiselle is available on layaway! Take up to 12 months to pay for her on our liberal layaway plan. Give our office a call anytime at 718.859.0901 to hear an in hand description of her condition, or to discuss layaway terms. Or simply send us an email and we will respond as soon as we can. She ships for free in the US, with shipping credit abroad, too!~
She has a delicately bisque head on original bisque shoulder-plate and original, early hand stitched leather body with gusseting at elbows, hips and knees. And what a face! She is enchanting with her large blue paperweight eyes, EXTREMELY RARE eye shadowing, delicate shading of lips, fine painting of eyelashes, multi-stroke brows, dark liner around eyecuts and pert little nose. Beautiful dark blond mohair wig in fine pulled back style with many curls. Exquisitely molded and blushed pierced ears wearing earrings- I've never actually seen ears so well molded that were not applied. Superb!
She is wearing a spectacular original cream and chocolate enfantine 'shepherdess' dress that has echoings of the famous Watteau style (which you can read more about in the listing of our fabulous Gaultier poupee, RLI-1813.) Giving her that classic Enfantine silhouette, this original gown actually has to be one of my favorite Napoleon III era pieces I've handled, as it is a museum quality example of the care and attention to detail that was put into dressing luxury dolls of this caliber by their owners- every single stitch is hand done, the tatting trim hand attached with the utmost care, and that inventive front closure is simply genius. But the dress does not divert one bit from a fully functional young lady's garment; it even has WORKING POCKETS. She can stash her favorite little goodies in those beautiful pockets- and her hands fit right into them. The gown has a spectacular construction with very delicate cross over front, low cut bodice with original buttons, spectacular little white enfantine shirt underneath, with a gorgeous solid gold victorian pin with niello detailing. Underneath this, she sports a fabulously full half slip and a very nice pair of original underwear. She has a very fine antique pair of net socks, and her gorgeous original brown leather poupee slippers. A delightful straw bonnet with antique silk bonnet with delightful pompom finishes the ensemble. She just looks divine!
Condition: Excellent. This wonderful lady is in near mint condition, free of hairlines, cracks, chips, restoration or damage to the bisque whatsoever; the body is in beautiful shape, with only minor soiling to the hands, a small patch at her derrière and a bit of settling at the hips. Take a close look at all of the photographs and you will be just as enchanted with her as we are. What a wonderful doll on so beautiful a body with this near mint original costume... I am bereft to sell her! Get her before she is gone for good. LBE 8.14.16
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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.*