How very delightful! This 22” Limoges Cherie is a must-have for the collector who looks for excellent French Bebes of all periods! That is what I focus on in my collection! Wearing an adorable blue and white checked and plaid costume; she's ready for any activity that a young girl might encounter in the French countryside at the turn of the last century. She’s a highly-desirable walking doll, with a mechanism that allows her to turn her head from side to side as her left leg moves forward and back, with each step she utters a cry and a mechanism to throw kisses with her right hand works when properly positioned. Her walker body is original. She will present beautifully in any cabinet and delight all of your doll friends. And when snarky teens ask you if the dolls spook you at night, you can bring her out and give them a spook thrill too!!
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She has a bisque socket head with painted and molded features: blue glass set eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, brown multi-stroke brows, with an open mouth with four upper teeth, and pierced ears. She stands at 22” tall on her original jointed wood and composition walker body with straight legs and a kissing hand, and wears a golden blond human hair wig, worn in pinned-back curls.
She is dressed in a sweet blue and white cotton dress; the blouse and the hem of the skirt are in a blue and white plaid, and the skirt and cuffs and collar of the blouse are in a heathered denim-look light blue, and the back is tied with blue checked ties in a big bow. Underneath, she wears an antique white flannel full slip and a pair of white cotton pantaloons. On her feet are a pair of antique blue knit socks and antique blue oilcloth shoes with silk flowers at the toes. On her head is a big blue and white checked bonnet, matching the ties on the dress, with white lace around the edges, and in her ears are a pair of earrings with white vase-shaped and blue round marbled glass beads.
MARKS: FABRICATION FRANCAISE / A.L. & Cie / LIMOGES / Cherie 9 [incised, back of head]
CONDITION: Excellent! The bisque head is free of any hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration, with the most particular attention paid to her painting and modeled-features; she has some pepper spots. The glass eyes are aligned well in the head. The wood and composition walker body has held up well over the years, and has its original shiny finish, with some minor and typical age wear, mainly at the joints; the midsection has been re-wrapped with white kidskin leather. The walking mechanism works well, and her head turns with the walking motion while the crier sounds at every step, and the kissing mechanism activates the right hand to bend at the elbow in a hand motion as though blowing kisses- the kissing mechanism may be a little loose, but otherwise functions well. The beautiful costume is in great condition, with only the most minor and typical wear. The ties on the back of the dress are a later addition with vintage fabric. Overall, this is a beautiful doll!
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Adorable 22” Limoges Cherie Walks, Cries, Blows Kisses Antique French Doll