This is a nice example of a so-called French-type Papier Mache lady in her original clothes, circa 1840’s. The Papier Mache heads were made by German firms and supplied to the French, who placed them on French kid bodies, dressed them, and marketed them. Her shoulderhead, pink kid body, and original clothing are in overall very good – excellent aged condition. Layaway is always an option, but please contact me prior to sale to discuss terms. Here are the details:
Shoulderhead: Her Papier Mache shoulderhead has all original paint, with no repairs or repainting. She has painted eyes and a closed mouth. Her painted black hair has wavy brush strokes. There are three nail holes where her wig was attached. These wigs are often missing. Examination: there is a little paint wear and very slight crazing on her forehead – I can see it, but I do not feel anything. This is excellent condition for a doll of this age.
Body: Her original French straight-limbed pink kid body is typical of these dolls. It is entirely hand-stitched and likely pre-dates the sewing machine. I have examined as much of it as possible, and I see no repairs or leaking. The body is very firm and upright, and appears almost like new.
Clothes: She is wearing her layered original clothing including one original shoe. In addition, I have given her a nice pair of replacement shoes. She wears a black silk bodice with form-fitted sleeves (sewn-on). Her fichu is netting and lace with inserted blue ribbon. She wears a full green textured skirt. Underneath, she has a four piece set of unders – a cotton chemise, gauzy pleated half-slip, cotton half-slip and cotton bloomers. These close with drawstrings. She has tan wool ribbed stockings. Her original leather slip-on shoe is enclosed in a plastic bag and pinned to her unders. She wears a really nice pair of custom-made leather tie shoes. Her outer clothing has some expected age wear and all else is in excellent condition.