Are you ready to have your heart melt with joy? This little box of cuteness 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 spectacular antique box and its delicious 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!
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Two little mignonette dolls both measuring 5" tall 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 woolly 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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