Are you ready to melt? This little box of joy is a once in a lifetime find that will have you saying "oh my goodness!" every time you gaze upon your new, most prized acquisition. I am in LOVE with this little box and its contents! A beautiful, early French basket lined in tufted burgundy silk opens to reveal two outstanding mignonettes in their original french silk costumes dressed as sailor boy and girl, and their pet lambs. What could possibly be more delightful! In my many years of handling antique dolls and collecting miniatures, I have seen only a hand full of examples as spectacular as this little set. What a treasure! You just don't come across examples like this every day- every mont- every year! From a German museum, this box would make a perfect addition to any collection, large or small, as an example of the finest quality miniatures made in France at the height of the Golden Age in 1885. I know that this little box will not be here long! They are offered with our Couronne Royal D'Or gifts and guarantees, to boot.
~We are offering this outstanding set on layaway! Take up to 10 months to pay for it. Give our office a call at 718.859.0901 to hear an in hand description or to discuss layaway terms!~ What's more? They ship for free anywhere in the world!
Two little mignonette dolls on their original bodies with fabulous pale bisque heads with blue sleeping eyes, composition bodies with molded feet clad in beige shoes with black long stockings up the legs. Perfect condition as far as we can tell (we will not remove the wigs as to do so would ruin their wonderful original wigs and hats.) Their adorable little Putz wooly sheep or lambs are in excellent condition, wooden limbs intact, lovely little faces.
And the costumes! This pair is wearing their fabulous little silk sailor ensembles with frock coat style tops on both of them with delicate little red glass button accents. Both have cream silk waists, the girl's outfit being completed with a skirt, and the boy with pants. The delightful little hats have sailor anchors, too! Silk is threading, but all completely intact. In outstanding shape for their age, no flaking or shattering. The basket features an early die cut style picture of one boy reading and a girl playing with leaves as a ferris wheel turns in the background, it is trimmed with antique braid (may have been a later addition, but all elements period appropriate.)
Condition Excellent! Both heads in great shape as far as we can tell. Minor color lines near the mouths of both dolls, this happened in the firing, and they look much more overwhelming in the photos than they are in person. The sheep are just too cute, one has a bit of crackling to the left side of his snout. They do fit perfectly into the box if you'd like to display it 'open/close' style. We won't ever have another set like this, I can promise that!
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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.*