French Bisque Smiling Poupee by Leon Casimir Bru with Wooden Articulated Body

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15" (38 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque shoulder plate, brown glass enamel inset eyes, painted lashes, short feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with delicately painted accented lips in gentle smile, pierced ears, brunette mohair wig over cork pate, all-wooden body with swivel waist, dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: D. Comments: Leon Casimir Bru, circa 1867, the earliest version of his deposed smiling model. Value Points: rare model of poupee with wonderfully distinctive face, wooden fully-articulated body, wearing very fine early silk costume, undergarments, bonnet, shoes.
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