Elegance and class is written all over this doll's face and incredible original silk dress and matching chapeau. The France-based doll producer Louis Prieur & his sister Louise Prieur in 1868 formed a doll accessory company called L. Prieur et Fils, doll shoes marked C.P are from this company. Prieur made bebes, doll heads of all kinds, human, mohair or Thibet wigs, doll clothing; hats, lingerie, parures, doll shoes, umbrellas and other accessories and doll furnishings. In 1915 L. Prieur registered doll trade marks: Mon Petit Rimailho, Mon Petit Trésor. The Mon Cherie doll is another Prieur doll.
This petite sweetheart, with sultry eyes, full red lips and and open mouth showing pearly white teeth is one of the signature faces produced by this French firm. She stands at 12" tall, with a good quality bisque head, blue glass sleep eyes with heavy real lashes, and a fully-jointed French composition and wood body. But what is truly outstanding about this little beauty is her wonderful all original purple print silk costume.
When it comes to expanding your collection into French dolls, this cute LP bebe would be a fabulous choice. She is a great example, of the later French bebes still highly sought after in today's doll marketplace.
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She has a poured bisque socket head on a fully jointed French composition and wood doll body with well shaped parts. She has blue sleep eyes with painted upper and lower lashes plus real upper lashes, multi stroke brows, open mouth with four upper teeth, lovely honey blond original human hair wig in original set, pierced ears with antique bead earrings.
Her fabulous original purple silk print dress is couture made with a shirred bodice, decorated with black velvet band trim, full puffy sleeves with black velvet bands. Underneath is a purple cotton half slip with black net ruffles in tiers, the bottom showing under the dress to excellent effect. Under that is another half slip in white cotton and then a pair of lace edged pantaloons. On her feet are original steel blue cotton knit socks and original two tone black and brown shoes. On her head is a matching purple silk bonnet made from the same fabrics and velvet trim as the dress. A truly marvelous representation of the French doll industry of the early 20th century. A stunning find fit for a doll museum!
MARKS: Mon Cherie / L P / Paris
CONDITION: Generally Very good. Fine quality bisque head with skilled painting of features, pleasant richer color popular in this period, crisp modeling of very sweet face there are some wig pulls to the crown (see photos). The original body is in good original condition but with some typical touch-ups where flaking of the paint has occurred. The fabulous silk dress has had some discreet patches and it is somewhat frail with age. This little French girl comes to you straight from Paris. A later doll made by the LP firm, she has a sweet disposition with and innocent look. She would make a nice toy for one of your larger dolls or as a companion to a grouping of smaller dolls. This museum quality doll will not disappoint!
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Museum Worthy 12" Petite "Mon Cherie" by Louis Prieur-- All Original French Bebe