A Scarce Early 20thC French Ballerina Boudoir Doll c.1920-30

Origin: French
Period: 3rd Republic
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1920-30
Height: 22”
Width: 7.5”
Depth: 3.25” (all at extremities)

The rare early twentieth century boudoir doll poised in first position with a straw stuffed suede body and suede covered papier-mache head with painted features, wearing a faux-pearl necklace and her original silk ballet dress and lace up shoes, her silk braided golden hair in the typical 1920s headphone style, surviving from the first quarter of the twentieth century.

In completely original order, her 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 with only some bluntness to the nose and other areas of wear as photographed.

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. We cannot find another doll of this ilk having been recently sold.

A very evocative and charming doll and scarce in this form.