Rare and gorgeous 11 ½ cabinet size antique French poupee fashion doll. She was made by Louis Doleac, a very rare maker of Parisian luxury dolls. Unlike many French fashion ladies, she has a very pretty, younger face with a sweet expression.She is in overall excellent condition. Since they are so rare, they demand high prices. NO DAMAGE to head or shoulder plate. She is NOT a reproduction.
She has a delicate 5 circumference French-cut swivel socket head (pressed) on a shoulder plate. Top of forehead to neck socket is about 2. Leather body is very curvy and looks hand stitched.She has a tiny waist, a very full derrière, and straight legs with shapely calves. The outlining on her mouth (especially between her lips), her pale blue almond shaped paperweight eyes and her coloring are gorgeous (apparently some of his dolls had painted ceramic eyes, but these are glass). She has a replaced pate and curly blonde mohair wig that is beautiful on her. She is marked on the top of the back of her head (see below). From a description of another Doleac for sale: He made only a few dolls from 1870-72 for prestigious Paris shops. I have also been told that FG made heads for him from 1881-85 and Doleac assembled and dressed them. Overall great condition (See condition details below). Included are what I believe are her original wig and straw bonnet as well as the silk drawers and pink stockings (with holes) she arrived in. I will also send what is left of her shattered skirt (so you can see original color). She is really exceptional and rare. Provenance provided by the person from whom I bought her several years ago. A French Fashion antique original bisque doll dating to 1860 to 1880. This doll was in a glass dome case for the past 50 years in a two-story Victorian home in deep south Louisiana. Her son at age 85 died a few years ago and the family is just now letting things go. His mom had her displayed with other dolls on beautiful tables along a spiral staircase (I saw the pictures). He left these dolls out on display for all the rest of his life even after his mom died many years ago. Her clothes are believed to be original.
They are very frail and delicate. I suspect she was professionally re-dressed, at least partially, in the early 1900s. Her French cut swivel head has no chips, repairs or cracks (just loose strands of hair in photos, old glue, and side mold marks).
The end of her nose is a little paler than the rest of her face. There is some light soil. There are a few tiny blackheads from firing, but they do not detract from her beauty. There are some rust stains on torso probably from an old stand, and some tiny pin holes on feet to keep shoe on. Some of her fingers have the rusty wires poking through and what appear to be patches around her elbows (her lacey gloves camouflage these issues very nicely).
I didnt want to take a chance of ruining the arms by removing her gloves. All the original green silk is VERY fragile and melting, but the pink silk and ecru lace are very good. There is a rust stain on her shell/chemise (probably from old stand), otherwise clothes look great. Be sure to look at all the photos since they are part of the description. Breakable items will be carefully packed.
I will do my best to answer questions. From non-smoking, animal free home. 2/0 Apostrophe used since unable to print a dot in this position. NOTE : There is also a mark on her left shoulder, but I cannot make it out. Please ask for picture if interested.She is beautifully dressed in a very well-made, perfectly fitted, hand stitched (except for plaid replacement skirt) 4 piece silk outfit. I was told clothes were original. However, I suspect she was professionally re-dressed in the early 1900s. Her outfit consists of a jacket over a sleeveless long shell or chemise, and an overskirt layered on top of a replacement underskirt. The original 3 pieces are shell-pink and trimmed in ecru cotton lace (which could be hand-made). The newer windowpane underskirt colors match the original pink and green outfit.
It is trimmed with the ecru lace and green silk trim from her original green skirt. The matching detail in back was added and is very pretty. Her sweet leather slippers with buckles look hand stitched.She also came with an antique cotton handkerchief embroidered with an. Her newer items include: a petticoat with ruffle and drawers made from fine white antique cotton, trimmed with newer cotton lace and bows; long stocking made from antique cotton netting; an unusual hair decoration, and newer hanging items that a lady would use (mirror, scissor and keys). The dark wig, straw bonnet, silk drawers and pink stockings (with holes) that she came with will stay with her. A more experienced collector said she is a young girl, not a lady. Her overskirt could be lowered and/or plaid underskirt could be shortened or removed if you agree. If you need additional information or pictures, please let me know. She has a slim, long wasted kid leather French fashion body with straight legs and smooth cut around shoulder. It is leather all the way to the bottom of her feet. Her arms are also leather. Each individual finger is wired. She has a 4 ¼ waist; large French derrière and shapely calves. She is amazingly clean for her age with only light soil and some rust spots (probably from an old stand).
The body is in great shape, especially considering her age. Incredible closed, outlined mouth and original pale blue paperweight eyes with fine black upper and lower lashes. Multi-stroke brows match her hair (left brow is a little lower). Red dots in nostrils and at corner of eye. Pierced ears through earlobe with earrings made of antique beads.NOTE : There is leather precisely fitting between neck and shoulderplate. Mohair wig is a perfect replacement. Pink ribbon holds it in an up-do. Her head will be stuffed for protection (as I received her). Her wig will be pinned, not glued so you can adjust position to your liking. The item "147 French Fashion doll poupee. Exquisite" is in sale since Sunday, January 24, 2021. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\French". The seller is "amasuzy" and is located in Nebo, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.