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*Precious* Queen Louise Antique Doll 24" Attributed to Armand Marseille in Velvet Gown
It's not unexpected that the Queen Louise doll could be found in many homes of young Victorian girls back in the day; the pleasant dolly expression, the simple yet familiar "look", all combine to make these girls some of the most sought after dolls by the German manufacturer. Manufactured in Germany circa 1900 and attributed to Armand Marseille, she is a sweet bisque girl modeled after the beloved Queen Louise. Such gorgeous girls from Armand Marseille are in many ways the "go-to" when it comes to portraying antique bisque dollies in movies and film, as well!
This particular "Queen Louise" stands at 24" tall, in a wonderful long, golden blond human hair wig, and is adorned in a beautiful costume, the presentation of which cannot be beat. She is in excellent condition, and such a pleasure to have and to hold!
DID YOU KNOW: Duchess Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Luise Auguste Wilhelmine Amalie; 10 March 1776 – 19 July 1810) was Queen Consort of Prussia as the wife of King Frederick William III. The couple's happy, though short-lived, marriage produced nine children, including the future monarchs Frederick William IV of PRUSSIA and German Emporer William I. Her legacy became cemented after her extraordinary 1807 meeting with French Emperor Napoleon I at Tilst – she met with the emperor to plead unsuccessfully for favorable terms after Prussia's disastrous losses in the Napoleonic Wars. She was already well loved by her subjects, but her meeting with Napoleon led Louise to become revered as "the soul of national virtue". Her early death at the age of thirty-four "preserved her youth in the memory of posterity", and caused Napoleon to reportedly remark the king "has lost his best minister". What a wonderful piece of doll history!
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Bisque socket head, with painted and molded features, in the Queen Louise style. Blue glass sleep eyes, with painted upper lashes, real upper lashes in blond, with painted feathered brows in dark brown. Open mouth with four upper teeth. She stands on an antique wood & composition body, fully jointed, at 24" tall. She wears a golden blond human hair wig with bangs and long curls down the back.
She wears a matching cap and gown ensemble, in a teal velvet, with cream lace sleeves and trimming accents, with lots of ruffles and decorations. Underneath goes an antique white cotton full slip, and matching antique pantaloons, both with open embroidery lace trim. Cream knit socks go on her feet, with a pair of lack faux leather shoes.
MARKS: Queen Louise
CONDITION: Excellent. Her beautiful bisque head is free of any hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration. Painting and modeling is of the highest quality, with precise details and clean molding. The original body is strung well, with most of the original finish, with only the most minor and typical of age wear. The wig is clean and supple, with no smokey odors, and fits her well. The costume is great, with no issues, and only the most minor and expected age wear. Overall, she's a lovely doll!
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