French Bisque Art-Character Doll by Albert Marque with Original Signed Costume

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22" (56 cm.) Bisque socket head whose highly-artistic sculpting is achieved by a unique four-part mold used only for this doll,elongated slender throat accentuating the plump lower cheeks,pronounced definition of facial planes especially temple,cheeks and chin line,elongated sloped nose with softly- rounded tip,amber brown glass paperweight eyes with spiral threading,thick dark eyeliner,painted dark curly lashes,brush- stroked and feathered brows,accented eye corners,shaded nostrils,closed mouth with petulantly-shaped outlined lips,distinctively-modeled pierced ears,brunette mohair wig,original uniquely modeled body with elongated tapered-shape torso,wide hips,undefined waist,composition upper arms,bisque lower arms with bisque attached-ball-joints at the elbows,separately sculpted fingers,wide upper thighs,elongated lower legs with shapely calves,elongated narrow feet. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: A. Marque (incised signature) 27 (inscribed number on head) (partial pencil label on foot,see photo) Margaine-Lacroix 19 Boulevard Haussman Paris (cloth label in costume). Comments: France,circa 1916,designed by noted Parisian sculptor Albert Marque. During the early 20th century a deliberate and highly-motivated movement was afoot in France to re-invigorate the French doll industry,the movement involving sculptors,porcelain firms,fashion designers and virtually the entire art community. Toward that end,important artists,most notably Albert Marque,but also including Poulbot,Van Rozen,and others were commissioned to design a new type of doll,one that reflected the actual expressions and moods of childhood,rather than the idealized bebes of the late 19th century. Even the bodies were uniquely designed for the dolls,rather than using stock models; in the case of the Albert Marque doll,the body was sculpted by his fellow artist,Aristodeme Botta,who aimed to create a child's body for a doll that "combined the strength and grace typical of that age". The artistic doll of Albert Marque was first presented at an exclusive exhibition at the fashion boutique of Parisian art patron,Margaine-Lacroix. It is believed that only 100 models of the Marque doll were created,most inscribed with their particular number in the series,this being #27. Value Points: exceptionally fine example of the very rare and most sought doll,having superior sculpting and painting of complexion and features,original perfect body,and wearing original couturier-sewn costume bearing the original cloth label of Margaine-Lacroix where the doll was first presented. The doll was considered the keynote piece of the Stein am Rhein Museum,where it resided for nearly half a century.
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