Very Beautiful and All-Original Bisque Doll in Wedding Costume of Rouen, Normandy, France

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18" (46 cm.) Bisque socket head, blue glass sleep eyes, mohair lashes, painted lower lashes, brushstroked brows, accented nostrils, open mouth with shaded lips, four tiny teeth, dimpled lip corners and chin, pierced ears, original brunette hand-tied human hair wig arranged in an upswept fashion, French composition fully-jointed lady body with modeled bosom and tiny waist. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 1159 Germany dep Simon & Halbig 6 (head) Diplome d'Honneur (body). Comments: for the French market, circa 1900. Value Points: pristine condition overall, wearing her exquisite original traditional wedding costume of Rouen, France, comprising two-piece rose sateen gown with black velvet trim, matching silk satin tablier, ivory silk sash with silk metallic trim, undergarments, stockings, shoes, jewelry, and a superb embroidered lace coiffe which elegantly captures her chignon. The petticoat has original ink-inscribed note "Normandie, Pays de Caux, Environs de Rouen". The doll was a two-page feature in the book French Dolls in Folklore Costumes by Florence Theriault with detail photos of costume elements, page 14/15.
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