15" (38 cm.) h. 9" x 9" base. Arranged upon a wooden platform with colorful lithographed designs is a merry-go-round, with painted circular column trimmed in gilt and with festival-like roof cover with flags and fringe edging. There are four paper mache horses with flannel hides and having amber glass eyes, leather harness, and hand-painted trim, and seated upon each horse is a bisque-head doll with glass eyes and original silk costume; notably, the little girls are modestly seated sideways on their horses. When wound by the porcelain knot, music plays and the merry-go-round twirls about. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Zinner and Sohne, circa 1890. Value Points: charming and well-functioning toy is wonderful state of original preservation.
One-piece wooden head and torso with oval egg-shaped head rounded at the back, high forehead, small pointy chin, strong elongated throat, modeled bosom, shapely waist, sculpted ears, painted blue eyes with deeply-defined eye sockets, aquiline nose, closed mouth, early blonde mohair wig, dowel-jointing at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, elegant fork-shaped hands, shapely calves with tiny ankles and slender feet, painted shoes. Condition: well-preserved original finish with minor age patina. Comments: Obergammergau, circa 1790. Value Points: the rare early doll with gentle presence is endowed with an extensive trousseau of fourteen early gowns in various luxury fabrics with exquisite detail of construction, trim, and embroidery, along with various bonnets, capes, and other accessories, which are all preserved in an early decorated wooden box. Provenance: The doll was originally owned by the Hebblewhite family of England who were haberdashers and silk mercers, specializing in sourcing fine fabrics for couturiers, as seen by the 1804 inventory paper included with the doll. It is likely that the doll was used by the Hebblewhites as a model of these fabrics and their use in fashionable wear, and was likely used over a period of some time, as the style of the costumes suggests the 1810/1830 era. Also included is a small box with engraved lid which contains tiny sample pieces of fabric with old ink script paper attached such as "this piece of brocade was part of a gown belonging to Elizabeth, wife of Harry Gibbs" or "ribbon of wedding bouquet". The doll and the costumes remained in the original family until passing into the hands of only one previous collector several decades ago.
18" (46 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque shoulderplate, cobalt blue glass inset eyes, dark eyeliner, delicately painted lashes and brows, mauve blushed eye shadow, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth with pale accented lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French kid-over-wooden shapely poupee body with dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, bisque forearms and hands, bisque lower legs and bare feet, lovely costume. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Simonne Rue de Rivoli 188 Paris (body stamp). Comments: Paris, circa 1867, the doll was presented in the luxury doll boutique of Henri Simonne. Value Points: the exceptional beauty of the poupee is enhanced by her rare wooden body with superbly sculpted bisque hands and bare feet.
7" (18 cm.) Bisque socket head with brown complexion, brown glass inset eyes, dark painted lashes and brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth, pierced ears, French composition and wooden fully-jointed body, antique dress and bonnet. Condition: generally excellent, body has retouch, dainty nose rub. Marks: A - 0 Paris. Comments: Jules Steiner, circa 1890. Value Points: rare tiniest size is most charming, especially rare with brown complexion.
15" (38 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque shoulderplate, cobalt blue glass enamel eyes, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, feathered brows, rose blushed eye shadow, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth with outlined lips, unpierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, kid poupee body with gusset jointing at elbows, hips and knees. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Au Papa Etrennes Boulevd. Poissonniere 23 Paris (stamp on front torso). Comments: Paris, circa 1865, the poupee was presented in the Parisian boutique of Au Papa Etrennes; the boutique's advertising indicated that it specialized in dressed and undressed poupees and doll trousseaux. Value Points: especially beautiful poupee with softly blushed complexion, original wig, sturdy body with boutique label, original muslin gown with rose silk trim.
18" (46 cm.) Bisque socket head, large blue glass paperweight inset eyes, richly painted lashes, rose blushed eye shadow, brushstroked brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth with outlined lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden fully-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Depose Tete Jumeau 7 (head, and artist checkmarks) Bebe Jumeau Diplome d'Honneur (torso). Comments: Emile Jumeau, circa 1890. Value Points: very lovely creamy bisque, original body and body finish, original wig, and wearing original Jumeau rose silk dress with lace trim, and signed Jumeau shoes.
8" (20 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque torso, blue glass inset eyes with spiral threading, painted lashes, feathered brows, open mouth, two upper and two lower square-cut teeth, blonde mohair wig, peg-jointed bisque arms and legs, painted knee-high ribbed white stockings and pink heeled boots with high black lacing, antique costume and bonnet. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: G.K. 48-19. Comments: Gebruder Kuhnlenz, circa 1890. Value Points: large all-bisque with rare teeth, rare painting of boots.
18" (46 cm.) Solid domed bisque head with flat-cut neck socket, rounded facial features, blue spiral threaded eyes with darker blue pupil rims, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, brushstroked and feathered brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, slightly parted accented lips, row of tiny porcelain teeth, pierced ears, carton torso containing clockwork mechanism, composition arms and lower legs, hinged upper legs. When key-wound at side of torso, and lever released, the doll turns her head from side to side, kicks legs, waves arms and cries "mama". Condition: generally excellent, mechanism functions well. Comments: Jules Steiner, the model marketed as "Bebe Gigoteur", circa 1880. Value Points: very choice pale bisque with subtle blushing, original wig, wearing original antique costume including leather shoes signed L.G.
17" (43 cm.) Bisque socket head, deep blue glass paperweight inset eyes, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, rose blushed eye shadow, brushstroked brows, accented eye corners and nostrils, closed mouth with outlined lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden fully-jointed body with straight wrists, lovely antique costume. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Depose Tete Jumeau Bte SGDG 7 (head, and artist checkmarks) Jumeau Medaille d'Or Paris (body). Comments: Emile Jumeau, circa 1886. Value Points: early example of the tete model with shy expression, finest quality of bisque and painting, beautiful eyes, original body and body finish, signed Jumeau shoes. Ex-collection Huguette Clark.