Outstanding French Bisque Poupee with Portrait Features and Rare Body

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18" (46 cm.) Bisque shoulderhead with perfectly-oval face, defined throat hollow and shoulder clefts, brilliant cobalt blue glass eyes in deeply-set sockets, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, brushstroked brows, closed mouth with accented lips, delicate rose blushing, unpierced ears, brunette human hair over cork pate with rare wax coating, kid-stretched-over-wooden poupee body with shapely torso, kid-over-wooden upper arms, thighs and upper calves with dowel jointing, bisque arms to above the elbows with cupped hands, bisque lower legs with bare feet. Condition: generally excellent, body especially sturdy. Comments: French, circa 1867, the poupee was likely created to present at the important Paris International Exposition of that year. Value Points: the extraordinary beauty of the poupee with notable definition of features is enhanced further by very rare early body in pristine condition, and wearing lovely antique gown, undergarments, leather shoes, coronet and coral necklace.
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