The France-based porcelain factory of Lanternier/Limoges, founded in 1855 in Limoges France, extended into the high-demand of the doll market in the early 1900s. Bisque-head child and lady dolls were their specialty, as they brought unique faces and molds to characterize these lively characters. This particular girl stands at 23-inches tall, with a bisque shoulder head, brown glass eyes, and a fabulous pin-jointed kidskin body. She's adorned in a cute costume that just makes her pop, in soft lacy white and pink, all accented by a chocolate brown wig in soft mohair curls. When it comes to expanding your collection into French dolls, the Lanternier Limoges's "Cherie" is always a fabulous choice -- this girl is a pristine example, offering precisely what you desire! Make her yours today!
She has a bisque shoulder head, with brown glass set eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, brown feathered brows, and an open mouth with six teeth and distinctive red lips. She stands at 23” tall on a pin-jointed kidskin body, with bisque lower arms, and wears a curled chocolate brown mohair wig.
She wears a sheer off-white dress, decorated with a puckered-outline circle pattern, reminiscent of bubbles, with lace trim at the sleeves, above the hem, and at the edges of the pinafore-like straps at the shoulders. The dress also features a small pink bow at the waist, and a sheer pink underskirt. Underneath, she wears a white cotton full slip with bric-a-brac trim at the collar, and a pair of white cotton pantaloons trimmed with tucks and lace. On her feet are a pair of brown knit socks and black oilcloth shoes. The ensemble is completed with a pink silk bow on her head, and a pearl beaded necklace.
MARKS: FABRICATION FRANCAISE [in box] / AL & Cie / LIMOGES / CHERIE 5 [marks are very difficult to read]
CONDITION: Excellent. Nice quality bisque with expert painting of features, very crisp modeling, pleasant color, lovely large eyes and a sweet expression. The head is free of hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration. Nice pale complexion, and expert painting of features. Eyes are aligned nicely in the head, with a sparkling presentation. The bisque hands are likewise free of hairlines, cracks, chips, and restoration, with only some inherent marks. The kidskin body has patches under the arms, in addition to the usual expected age wear. The costume is great, and presents well, in very good condition. Overall, this girl is truly exceptional!
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Sweet 23” Lanternier Limoges “Cherie”