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Very beautiful and rare papier-mache doll, so-called "Desiree Clary", c. 1831.
She has a breast plate made of papier-mache, deep angular-shaped breast plate, modelled breasts, nice modelled features, detailed painted, blue painted eyes, slightly smiling red mouth, good modelled detached ears, black painted strongly modelled hairstyle in Desiree Clary style : on forehead always 4 curls up to the the ears, multi-row brushstroke, short middle parting, high hairstyle made of 9 small plaits held together with a plaited hairband, high hairstyle, like a high comb, curved brushstrokes surround the face, bulging stuffed hand-sewed immovable body made of white kid leather, forearms and hands with single stick-out thumb made of carved wood, lower leg and feet are made of carved wood, red flat slippers.
The doll wears her hand-sewed traditional costume, original underwear. Very interesting and rare historical item!

Good condition to age, small repair on the right side of the front shoulder .

17 1/2" (44cm) height.

Desiree Clary as the daughter of silk dealer from Marseilles and engaged with Napoleon Bonaparte 1795-1796.
The life of Desiree Clary – a most curious individual – was to change forever following the meeting of the Bonaparte and Clary families in Marseille during the Revolutionary period. Despite harbouring no political ambitions, this bourgeois lady from the south of France was eventually obliged to join her husband, Bernadotte (who ascended to the throne in 1818), and assume her role of queen of Sweden and Norway, thereby lending the regime an air of dynastic solidity.
The daughter of a rich Marseillais merchant, Desiree was initially courted by Joseph Bonaparte who – intent on marrying into money – chose instead to focus his attention on her sister, Julie. With Joseph acting as an intermediary, Desiree was presented to Napoleon, to whom she became engaged on April 1795. Shortly afterwards, Napoleon arrived in Paris, and with the indecisive Desiree reluctant to join him in the capital, it was there that the French general met Josephine. Despite breaking off the engagement, he maintained a special devotion to his first love for the rest of his life.
Two years later, Joseph introduced his sister-in-law to General Bernadotte and fifteen days later, on 17 August 1798, they were married in a civil ceremony in Sceaux. In less than a year, Oscar, the couple’s first and only child, was born. Napoleon appointed himself the boy’s godfather, and in an almost prophetic twist, took it upon himself to give the child a Nordic and Ossianic name.

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Very Rare Early Antique German Papier-mache doll, so-called Desiree Clary, c. 1831

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