Rare French Double-Face Deposed Poupee with Wooden Body by Leon Casimir Bru

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17" (43 cm.) Bisque swivel head on bisque shoulder plate with alternate faces on either side of head, one face with blue glass enamel eyes, painted lashes and eyeliner, rose-blushed eye shadow, feathered brows, accented eye corners and nostrils and accented lips; the other face with sculpted closed eye lids, painted lashes, feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with hint of smile. The ears are double-sided with pierced ear holes at center base of lobes, and the brunette mohair wig covers the top and sides of face. The all-wooden body has ball-swivel waist, dowel-articulation at shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles, separately sculpted fingers, defined lines in palm and defined nails, an antique costume is included. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Leon Casimir Bru, circa 1868, this being the year that the "surprise double-faced poupee" and the dowel-jointed swivel-waisted poupee were registered by him. Value Points: extremely rare model that combines the early registered head and body patents; the head with superb quality of bisque and painting, the body with outstanding detail of sculpting and fine original finish. Ex-collection Lucy Morgan.
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