An absolutely adorable French marotte in fabulous original costume. This fully functional example plays two melodies consecutively, to keep the fun going and going!
This is a perfect FG head graced by multi-stroke brows, painted upper and lower lashes, a closed mouth, and delightfully blushed cheeks. She has blue glass paperweight eyes and a pale curly original mohair wig adorned with a peaked hat embellished with lace and bells!
Set upon a stunning original celluloid whistle handle (one can actually blow the whistle through the handle!). The marotte is dressed in an original peachy silk ensemble with plenty of lace. Sequins and bells adorn her every surface, giving her a jaunty and playful presentation. I wonder if the phrase “with all the bells and whistles” actually derived from a similar toy?
CONDITION: Excellent. The head is perfect. Her original ensemble is in good condition for its age, with some loss of silk on the hat and minor repairs made to the lace and also some shredding of the delicate lace. The music box is in perfect working order playing two consecutive tunes. This marotte has fabulous presentation and plays wonderfully— a fantastic piece for conversation, display and play! See it in action! Copy and paste the URL into your browser. https://youtu.be/KvjdrpKp_PY
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“All The Bells & Whistles!” 12.5” French Antique Marotte Doll by Francois Gaultier c. 1890 ~Original Costume, Plays 2 Melodies~