Here is the most Gorgeous 17" French Fashion dressed in an attractive antique ensemble! She is so striking, and what is more, she carries the prestigious stamp from the famous 19th century French boutique "Au Magasin des Enfants". French Fashions with stamps are valued at a premium, and it's a joy to find a fashion that can be identified--I always look for them!
I can just imagine the boutique and a doting father or aunt coming in and selecting that special French Fashion as a gift for their favorite darling! (Au Magasin des Enfants was a famous doll and toy store located at 1-7 Passage de l'Opera, Galerie de l'Horloge; growing from 1875 to numbers 9, 10 and 12. The store opened in 1871 by Marchal and Buffard, the latter having been an employee of the store when named Aux Enfants Sages (the name before Au Magasin des Enfants). The store had a wonderful display stand at l'Exposition Universelle of 1889. Along with fine French Fashions the store also offered scientific toys using electricity and automata. The beginning of WWI marked the end of this business.)
Our Mademoiselle's blue eyes are mesmerizing! Everything about her bisque head is just so pretty! I have looked all about her head and shoulder and do not find any hairlines or repairs, just a tiny kiln spec "beauty mark" and small nick on the under side of her left earlobe that is shown in photo under the earring. In-the-making there is a short firing mark above one ear in mold line, neither unusual or disturbing. She has a sturdy kid body that displays patching here and there and shows a bit of age. There is slight bend but not particularly of notice when she is dressed. Her nice hands have all fingers present and look to be in good condition overall. She has a warm blond mohair antique wig with soft curls framing her lovely face.
Antique clothing is such a plus! Here she is dressed to the nines with her antique warm brown light weight wool and gold silk satin walking costume, coordinating vintage chapeau, and taupe cape with soutache trim with a generous green lined hood to keep out the chill. Her bodice has a row of silver toned buttons closing it and a faux jacket front lined in gold satin, and there are also gold satin cuffs. Her skirt has pleats around the hem and a bustled back to give her that proper period silhouette. The ensemble is in good condition with a bit of age wear here and there, particularly the bottom of hem and under arms (where perhaps a stand was rubbing the fabric) and the front of the bodice where there is some separation around the button holes. Nothing that is distracting for a garment of this age. Underneath she wears a delightful low on shoulder chemise with heavy trim, slip with lace, and pantaloons with lace, all antique. She also has antique stockings (with mends) and a vintage pair of beige lace up boots with heels. There is a sweet vintage pin bought in Paris on her chest--has a little bird, amethyst drop, and Vichy inscription. She also carries a small handbag on chain made many years ago, and I've added vintage pearl drop earrings.
She is display ready and worthy of a key spot on your shelf! Her face is out of the ordinary, she wears an antique ensemble, and her boutique stamp is desirable, all adding to her value.
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