A beautiful antique French doll bed, it is a basket covered in blue antique tulle lace and originally had blue ribbons on either side but they literally melted away in my hand when I moved the bed from my doll room in my home to my bedroom and the ribbons could not be recovered. The bed includes the original straw mattress and pillow, almost impossible to find anymore! The bed is for a smaller bebe and measures about 16" across the top, length wise, 11" - 12" high on the cover and about 8" across the top and almost 5" high on the side of it.
It's old so although I think it is an amazing survivor of French children's toys, it's not perfect, there is a small hole to the tulle on the back near the bottom and the tulle shows age discoloration. So that is another indication that we know its authentic (many times older doll beds have new fabrics) and the construction of it around the bed. I have gently hand wiped it clean with soap and water but doubtful this discoloration will come out, maybe, I don't know, I've always displayed it this way because this is how I received it when I had it sent to me from France years ago.
You see how sweet it looks with a little bebe doll inside the bed; that is an artist teteur in vintage attire; I can include her (or him?) with the bed if you want her but she is not antique, she is vintage. I think it looks darling displayed this way and this is how I've had it so just let me know if you want the doll too. Shipping cost may be slightly higher to include the doll but probably not by much.
Anyway, so the bed is quite rare actually, and doubtful I will ever find another of this age like it again; French in origin, circa late 1800s.
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