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French All-Bisque Mignonette with Rare Smiling Expression

Lot Number: 
1
5" (13 cm.) Solid domed bisque swivel head on slender bisque torso, brilliant blue glass enamel inset eyes, painted lashes, single stroke brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with upturned lip corners as though smiling, outlined lips, white space suggesting teeth between the lips, blonde mohair wig, peg-jointed bisque arms and legs, bare feet. Condition: generally excellent, tiniest flakes at arm jointing holes. Comments: for the French market, circa 1880, the little dolls were presented in the Parisian Etrennes catalogs at that time as "poupees de poche" (pocket dolls) in reference to their miniature pocket-size stature. Value Points: very beautiful painting on all-original doll with rare smiling expression, wearing original aqua silk costume.
Realized Price: 
$2,500
Presale Estimate: 
1100/1500