All-Original Woven Presentation Basket with Black Bisque Babies and Accessories

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8" (20 cm.) An elaborately woven basket with loop handle and silk ribbons hinges open at the center to reveal a well-fitted interior featuring two all-bisque black babies with painted features, jointed arms and legs and red silk sashes. The dolls are tucked in with folded ribbon lines, tin wash rubs, and three cardboards with gilt paper edging, each with an arrangement of accessories including combs, soaps, mirror, beads, and even two tiny, tiny black dolls. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: for the French market, circa 1890. Value Points: a fabulous presentation is preserved in fine unplayed with condition.
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