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Rare Composition "Antoinette" in Lavish Gown and Wig from 1946 Portrait Series

Lot Number: 
218
21" (53 cm.) All composition with socket head, blue sleep eyes, real lashes, three painted lashes at outer corner of each eye, painted blue/grey eyelids and eyeshadow, closed mouth, two beauty marks, white mohair wig in very elaborate upswept curls with applied leaves and bow, attached earrings, slender slightly-shaped torso, jointing at shoulders and hips, elongated legs. The doll is wearing outstanding original costume in the 18th century style comprising mauve silk faille gown (zipper back) with inset bosom, heart-shaped bodice with gilt metallic edging, ruffled lace sous-sleeves, rose cotton underskirt with ruffled lace edging, and rich overall decorations of gilt metallic rick-rack, bows, silk flowers and leaves, pantalets with cutwork ruffles, coral stockings, silver bow-front shoes. Unique wig and costume are excellent (albeit color oxidized to delicate mauve), composition is fair with light craquelure on face and hands, heavy craquelure and flaking at side seams, extensive network of light crazing on bodice. Madame Alexander, 1946, from her Portrait Series of that year, the doll was presented as Antoinette, intended to represent Marie Antoinette of the 18th century French royal court; the exquisitely detailed costume is wonderfully-preserved as is her ornately arranged coiffure.
Realized Price: 
$2,200
Presale Estimate: 
2200/3200