This offering is for a beautiful 24” French doll, c. 1910-1915. The back of the head is marked "Petite Francaise /FRANCE/ J(anchor) V. // 10." The doll has a beautiful bisque swivel neck head on a chunky body. She wears exquisite clothing including a 19th C. whitework dress and French shoes with blue floral decorations.
HEAD: The quality of this French bisque doll head is lovely—certainly far above the quality of most other bisque heads being made in France during the same time period. The bisque head has no factory flaws, chips, hairlines, or restoration. The only issue is a very tiny round rub on her left cheek. Otherwise the bisque is in perfect condition. The doll has very finely painted facial details and large brown paperweight eyes. Her open mouth has four upper square molded teeth. The doll wears a replaced quality synthetic golden blond human hair wig, styled with long soft curls. It complements those large dark brown eyes and her complexion. Please refer to the photos which are part of the description.
BODY: The body is quite chunky, sturdy and in very good condition. The original paint and finish is present except for the hands which were repainted. The ball joints show minor to moderate wear, consistent with age. The areas of wear were reinforced with a gray colored paint that fully restored a solid surface on the joints. All the wood joints work smoothly. The stringing is nice and tight except for the knees where it is slightly loose. The doll is able to maintain a standing pose using a display stand and she is stable in a sitting pose. The body is marked “Germany 5” in red on the buttocks. During the time period that pre-dated World War One, there was a thriving exchange between France and Germany for heads and bodies. It is clear that the doll’s French made head has a perfect “hand-in-glove fit” with this chunky sturdy German made body. Several references, including “Doll Makers & Marks” by Dawn Herlocher note that Verlingue made bisque doll heads and all bisque bathing beauties. The company did not produce composition and wood doll bodies. Therefore, I’m perfectly comfortable stating that the doll itself is totally original.
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES: The doll wears an antique pure white lawn dress dating to the same period when the doll was made. The bodice is covered with exquisite embroidery as are the cuffs and collar. The skirt is full and drapes beautifully to the ruffled hemline. The dress closes in the back with tiny MOP buttons. The dress is in wonderful condition with no faults found. The undergarments consist of vintage bloomers and a full length cream colored cotton slip. Dolly wears replaced thigh high stockings and delicate original antique French shoes. The delicate cream colored shoes are ribbon tied and have blue colored applied fabric flowers. The back seam on one shoe has a split that has been repaired with paper tape. She wears a cream and light peach colored silk and chiffon hat which has some age, but isn’t antique. It is an excellent choice because it fits her hair style perfectly and enhances the color white of her dress. This pretty girl is display ready and is fully guaranteed to meet your expectations. Please contact me with any questions you may have.
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Domestic shipping by USPS Fully Insured Standard Mail is all inclusive with your purchase. International shipping may be arranged by contacting me. Thank you very much for your visit and for taking time to learn more about the doll and view the photos.
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