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Stunning in presentation, comes this true treasure of doll history: the famed Waltzing Steiner! Jules Steiner originally started out as a clockmaker, eventually attaining patents for mechanical dolls and toys. In 1863, he brought to market the beautiful “Waltzing Poupee”, also known as the “Rolling Steiner”, a fabulous fashion lady doll, with a cardboard base, which housed the “waltzing” mechanism: a winding key sets her gears in motion, when she will then do a slow spin in place, while raising and lower her arms. She stands at 14” tall, with a pale bisque shoulder head, with bright blue original glass eyes, and with a delicately-molded face. She’s topped with a blond mohair wig, with a quaint bonnet (au deux bonjour). She’s adorned in her beautiful original costume, consisting of a cream silk and lace apron, with a black velvet skirt and jacket, resulting in a lovely overall ensemble in the French regional manner. She’s in great condition as well, having held steadfast throughout the many years. This beauty is truly in a league of her own, a top-tier lady, bound to make a most wonderful addition to any doll collection.
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She has a bisque shoulder head, edged with kidskin at the torso junction, with molded and painted features: She has her original set eyes, with blue irises, with painted upper and lower lashes, feathered blond brows, and an open mouth with four upper AND bottom teeth. She has her original cork pate, with a soft blond wig in mohair. She has pale bisque arms, in stunning condition, with top-quality modeling of fingers and hands, arms slightly bent at the elbows. Her bottom half consists of a cylindrical cardboard container with the mechanical workings inside; turning the winding key allows her to spin in a circle, while raising and lowering her arms.
She wears a black velvet and silk ensemble, with a long skirt that hides her mechanical parts from view. Atop she wears a cream silk apron, with lace trim, along with a black sleeveless jacket. The apron is decorated with gold-toned metal embroidery trim, and sequins, while the skirt is decorated with paste stones. She wears her original antique goldenrod “au deux bonjour” bonnet, a fancy French chapeau that would expose the lady’s fancy hairstyle in the back, with its front and back raised brim. She wears a fine, antique gold-toned bead necklace.
CONDITION: Excellent. The bisque head is free of any hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration. The face bears high-quality modeling and painting of features. The original paperweight eyes are a desirable feature, with good detailing in the irises. Some minor inherent peppers to the facial bisque. The costume is great, having held up wonderfully over the years; the silk is still sturdy, without any major issues. The mechanism works by turning the winding key. Please be reminded that this is an antique work of art, and the mechanism works rather slowly, and handling it must be delicate and careful. The mohair wig is not original, but is full, soft, and supple, with bright blond coloring. Overall, the doll, her costume, and the mechanism have only but the typical and expected age wear. We ask that you look at the photos closely, and feel free to contact us with questions, if you want more clarification on the condition or aspects of the doll.
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RARE *Waltzing Steiner* French Poupee Doll All-Original 14” c.1863 Key Wind Mechanical Doll!--Just Delightful!
$3,750 USD SOLD
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