A small smile plays about her lips as she looks up to great her new mamma or pappa. "Bonjour," she demurely says, before returning er attention to getting dressed for the day's events. Your heart melts as you look at her, you know that you simply cannot leave her be; for it is time to play with your new favorite treasure... One of the sweetest, most fanciful, and certainly rarest Enfantine poupees we've ever met, this gorgeous little lady is a special example of a coveted c.1872 Barrois poupee on an early kid over wood body with bisque arms in a delicious museum quality silk costume. The ensemble is head-to-toe original, except for the hat, and my-oh-my does she make an impression! With some of the crispest molding, most wonderful cobalt blue eyes, and long branching lashes, her particularly dramatic presentation will stun in any vignette you might wish to display her in- but she is far more than just a pretty face and a rare model. The historically significant costume she sports makes her an especially attractive example for the collector who focuses on Victorian and Belle Epoche era fashion. Mademoisellen proudly wears her original 'Lonchambon' era dress, named for the collaborator who joined the Huret company in the early 1870's and encouraged this style of costume, the fashionable successor of the classic 'Enfantine' style of the 1850's and 60's Huret dolls; it was only produced for a few precious years and very few all original examples remain. And, as most true couture costumes, the outstanding qualities don't just extend to the exterior of the ensemble- they continue as you peel back the layers. This ensemble is made even more outstanding by the addition of her original blue silk corset- made of the same exact material, with metal grommets. I have never seen a Lonchambon era corset before! This style, soon after its introduction, developed a bustle and a more stout cut to became the classic 'Bru bebe' dress, produced at length for the chunkier Bru dolls, but for those who have the Huret Book by Francois & Danielle Theimer, more information on this rare and fleeting fashion is available on pages 193-198 (a scan can be included with the purchase of this beautiful girl.) I am extremely excited to bring this rare and alluring doll to market, and I know that she will be a one-of-a-kind addition to whatever collection she joins.
~Mademoiselle is available on layaway, and she is offered with our highest designation of excellence, the Couronne Platin circle of gifts and guarantees. Please email us or give us a call at 718.859.0901 for more information, or to work out a layaway arrangement. This is also a wonderful time to take advantage of Paypal's No Interest for Six Months promotion, if that is your preferred payment method.~
Pressed bisque cup and saucer socket head with original neck button on original plate attached to neck button (cannot be removed without damaging stringing. Very pale coloring of perfect head and plate, beautiful pink lips with large blue cobalt glass eyes, dark brows, long branching lashes, outstanding painting of features and delicate blushing of lips. Dark liner around the eye cuts, making those very dramatic blue eyes pop. Her fabulous kid over wood body has tongue in groove joints, beautiful carved wooden feet and stunning, plump bisque arms to above the elbow with curved fingers, excellent for holding parasols or brushes, perfume bottles... You name it! Feet have individually carved toes, and hips feature large buttocks. The leather is in excellent condition, supple and white. What a pleasure to pose and touch!
As discussed above, she is sporting her rare, spectacular original aquamarine couturier silk dress. The gown is a fabulous A-Line cut in the Lonchambon era style with no less than 40 rows of lace ruching down the front in a spectacularly rich panel that must have taken hours to make by hand. The open collar allows room for her to boast her beautiful pearl necklace. Underneath she Lace around the collar, cuffs and hem. Underneath she has a cream cotton full shift, and then her wonderful original aquamarine silk corset with metal grommets and black banding. Wooo! When is the last time you've seen a corset that matched a dress like this? I never have! She also boasts her original pantaloons, original socks and French leather shoes (missing soles.) Lovely antique/vintage hat and beautiful original skin wig (later interior markings.) She will absolutely DELIGHT her new parent!
Marks: E 3 DEPOSE B
Condition: Excellent condition of head and plate. Arms in very good shape with only some minor restoration to hands reaching left thumb and middle finger (touch up to interior) and right index tip with some touch up to interior. Perfect, glowing bisque head and plate in spectacular shape, free of hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration. Superb pale coloring with masterful execution of painting and rare, early cobalt eyes with dark outer-rim and light center around iris. Lovely original finish to the carved wooden feet with some minimal touch up to the toes. She has the tiniest little feather that is absolutely imperceptible unless you are looking for it to the left of her nose. Precious original skin wig. Body is in excellent shape with beautiful original coloring and condition, one patch to right arm. Some age color to the dress and delicate condition of the silk, but overall fabulous. This is one of the best poupees you'll ever find, and if you've been tracking the prices of these early cup and saucer neck poupees, I'm sure you've seen them creeping up, up and up over the last few years, and now these are some of the most desirable Enfantines on the market. If she did not have minor touch up to the fingers and the feet, she would easily be in the $13,000 range. Call this stellar girl your own before she is gone!
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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.*