VC9023VT: G&P Fashion/Rare
This is a beautiful and VERY rare French fashion doll, which dates circa 1865. It is believed only about 100 of these G&P fashion dolls were made. She measures 23 inches tall and her original kid body is in very good condition, as the photos suggest. She is very firmly stuffed. Her body was once a pale pink kid leather, but has faded to a lovely ivory color, with some pink still visible in areas such as between legs, etc. Individually stitched fingers are beautifully sewn. It has been suggested one arm may possibly be a period replacement, as the fingers are slightly shorter. There is a hand stitched or mended tear to the kid, inside arm area, about 1/2" in length. Beautifully stitched feet. Her legs are straight and she is very striking, positioned , standing, as this accentuates her stature. One wrist is a little frail, with no tearing or leaking...as if she once wore a bracelet. Incised with G 4 P, under the leather. One shoulder has a straight pin to help secure the leather flap. Beautiful, flawless pale bisque with cobalt blue large almond shaped glass eyes. Hand painted eyebrows, dots to nose, and painted closed mouth. Rose blushed cheeks. Daintily painted upper and lower lashes. Antique or original cork pate with antique cocoa colored human hair wig adorned with an antique cloth rosebud nosegay or hair decoration. This accents the front of her wig, but does not go all the way around the head. Very beautiful--it almost appears as a bridal tiara. Antique open work socks (with some wear to each). Antique or original pantaloons, several antique slips. She wears an outstanding antique reproduction silk dress of the palest aqua color, embellished with off white or ivory bands. Lined with a gauze like or linen like lining. Superb antique shoes are a pecan colored leather with leather rosettes. Sage colored ribbon laces. A fabulous and very rare French fashion doll is a magnificent size! Please contact me for additional photos. Danielle & Francois Theimer write about these dolls in Chapter 40, Page 321 in their book The Panorama of Parisian Dolls. Our consignor has asked that her antique silk dress be included with the doll.I have about 22 photos of this dress, so feel free to email me for those...This is an excellent and opulent silk dress made from antique silk and antique lace, accented with antique silk ribbon. Hook and eye closure. The two piece dress is lined with a crinoline or gauze like fabric. The ivory is clean and stable, although there are some areas where the ivory is showing some wear, particularly to the back. The dress has a lovely bustle effect in the back and is profusely decorated with an abundance of gorgeous antique lace. I think this will fit a 22"-23" doll. Skillfully created, some one believe this was an antique ensemble, but, in fact, it is a antique reproduction, one of a kind, hand made. Sleeve length is 5". From shoulder seam to shoulder seam, across the front, it measures 7". From center of neckline to point in front of bodice it measures 6.5". Silk is shattered a bit in the back of the bodice, although the front is lovely. Waist measures 8" around. Front of skirt measures 14" and the back measures 19" to accommodate the bustle. Ivory is in good, but fragile condition. Please use patience while dressing your doll (if the silk is creased and pressed excessively, it will create a break or line in the fabric. A fabulous and beautiful dress for a special French fashion doll, or simply to display with dolls.
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