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Extremely Rare French Bisque Poupee with Clement Deposed Body

Lot Number: 
1
17" (43 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque shoulder plate,very pale bisque,rich cobalt blue enamel inset eyes,dark eyeliner,painted lashes,arched feathered brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with richly-accented lips,ears pierced into head,brunette human hair hand-tied wig over cork pate,French "blown" molded leather hollow body with jointing at shoulders,elbows,hips and knees,sculpted curled fingers,wearing superb silk period ensemble with lace trim,fine early bonnet,undergarments,stockings,coral-tone decorative comb,coral earrings,and very fancy heeled four-strap boots with silver rosettes. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Poupee Brevete SGDG. Comments: French,circa 1866,having the deposed hollow leather doll body of Pierre Victor Clement; the leather shoemaker with ties to the Paris doll industry,deposed his unusual poupee body in 1866,just in time for the 1867 Paris Universal Exposition. The body was inspired by the design by Adelaide Huret,yet designed to be more durable. Despite the awarding of the depose,few bodies were ever made and the doll is extremely rare today. Value Points: the rarity of the doll body is enhanced by gorgeous bisque face and brilliant eyes,superb original condition,very fine costume and accessories.
Realized Price: 
$13,500
Presale Estimate: 
4500/7500