With her noble character face, classic size and cabinet-ready costuming. this French Dame is sure to please those of us with a passion for these 19th century Demoiselles. Her head and body are unmarked, but her porcelain head is most certainly made by Lazare Freyon and then distributed by Barrois to one of the myriad of Parisian ateliers which assembled dolls. Then she would have been bound for one of the shops selling dolls and toys in the most fashionable districts of the city during the 1870s. There, she would have been bought by an upwardly mobile family for their daughter to play with, and to learn valuable social skills. What a life this doll has led!
The Parisienne stands 18" (46 cm) tall. She has a bisque head that swivels on a shoulder plate. Her eyes are blue glass and her ears are pierced. She has a cork pate and antique blonde mohair wig in a fashionable style. Her bisque head and shoulder plate are free of any cracks, chips or damage of any kind. Her body is the classic kid variety. The body has seen numerous patches, and one foot has been completely recovered, though, neatly. Her hands show wear and discoloration, but are not rust stained, and can be considered generally presentable. A pair of knitted mitts are included in case you find her hands in need of covering. Properly costumed as she is, the repair to the body does not show when she is displayed.
The doll's costuming includes a pair of antique drawers and an excellent pair of antique slippers. The rest of her toilette has been made by a talented modern couturiere. Her underthings include the aforementioned pantaloons, stockings, chemise, and two petticoats. Her trained gown is of pale blue cotton, with fuchsia and toast brown silk pleated trimmings, and an extravagant bow of the same fuchsia silk at the bottom of the train, extending up to the waistline. The gentlemen will be enchanted, certainly! Her toilette is completed by a string of antique turquoise glass beads and matching earrings. Of course, the tan knitted mitts are useful accessories.
This lovely poupee is ready for a new home with a keen-eyed collector, and would be gracious to all of her new cabinet-mates for their warm welcome!