An Extraordinary French Bisque Poupee by Gaultier in Original Exhibition Royal Costume

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20" (51 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque shoulder plate, very deep brown glass paperweight inset eyes, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, brushstroked brows with feathering, accented nostrils and eye corner, pierced ears, closed mouth with accented lips, brunette mohair wig over cork pate, French kid poupee body with gusset-jointing at elbows, hips and knees. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 5 (head and shoulders) F.G. (shoulders). Comments: Gaultier, circa 1867. Value Points: an exceptionally beautiful and important example of the beloved model with finest bisque, very sturdy and fresh body, and wearing an exceptional original costume of silks, laces, metallic thread embroidery, opalescent beading, crown with "diamond" accents, the doll may have been part of a historical retrospective of French royal queens prepared for exhibition during the era of the 1867 International Paris Exposition.
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