Probably a depiction of a royal figure or lady of rank in the mid-eighteenth century France, this wax doll mounted on her original wooden platform defies time in its obviously "ancient", but impressive and untouched condition. Her head, shoulder and chest are all one piece of molded wax, she has dark, pupil-less enamel eyes and her inserted hair seems to be ringlets of horse-hair only one of which is fully intact. There is wax loss around her eyes and expected cracking from the outward Her body is cloth over wire armature and her hands of molded wax peak out from her extravagant costume of silks, gilt trims, starched lace and a series of glass pearls that adorn both the garland that she holds and her crown of formed metallic trimmings. Her skirt width portrays her importance with the silhouette performed by the use of farthingales and abundant fabric. She even retains her petticoat and some early pins that are lodged in and around her costume to hold things in place. Lastly, trailing behind her is her original, chocolate silk train with a cream linen edging that may have been once covered with decoration. A dome would be a perfect home for her.
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