A Beautiful Early 20thC French Boudoir Doll

Origin: French
Period: 3rd Republic
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1920-25
Height: 32 inches
Width: 6.5 inches at shoulders

The large boudoir doll with silk covered face and painted features, inset lashes, white floss silk hair set in earphone style having carved wood and composition lower limb sections with high heel shoes and delicately carved arms having the original silk dropped waist dress with asymmetrical hemline and multi-coloured beading, surviving from the first quarter of the twentieth century.

The condition of the doll is generally in very good original order, the costume is slightly tired as one would expect but is completely original with some discolouration to parts but does not suffer from loss or damage. She couldn’t really be expected to be presented in any better fettle.

Impressionistic of seductive, long-limbed ladies, boudoir dolls were produced mainly in France and Spain between 1920 and 1930. Unlike most dolls they were made to be placed on beds and in boudoirs. The dolls today are sought after because of their classic artistic styling and, often, their art deco look. This example is the best we’ve seen.

Wonderfully chic, beautifully realised, distinctively French.