An Early 20thC French Boudoir Doll c.1920-25

Origin: French
Period: 3rd Republic
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1920-25
Height: 27"
Width: 6"
Depth: 2.5" (all at extremities)

The beautifully faded boudoir doll with plush covered face and painted features including azure blue highlighted eyes, wearing a head-dress cap and having carved wood and composition plaster lower limb sections with gold painted high heel shoes and delicately carved arms having the original sand silk dropped waist dress with asymmetrical hemline and pierced floral lacework, surviving from the first quarter of the twentieth century.

The condition of the doll is generally in original order, the costume is tired as one would expect but is completely original with some discolouration to parts and some staining to the dress with some damage to the nose and some losses to one hand as photographed. There is some more recent stitching to the back of the head which had obviously become looser.

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.

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