THE HISTORY OF the Fashion dolls was at first closely bound up with that of France. It confirms the natural pre-eminence of Paris in the world of fashion to find an English Queen sending over for the latest French styles as early as the fourteenth century, presumably unsatisfied by the products of her native country.
of spotted grosgrain silk in ivory with brown sleeves trimmed with tassels and bows. Beautiful head of bisque with fixed eyes of grey glass.
And it was always with England that the main French fashion trade was exchanged even, when the hostilities between the two countries might have been expected to hinder such frivolous interchanges, an act of gallantry which is worthy of being noted in the chronicles of history for the benefit of the ladies, the ministers of both courts granted a special pass to the mannequin.
Bisque head with articulated neck, fixed eyes of blue glass, closed mouth and pierced ears.
Exquisite French cabinet size doll with trunk and accesories, including:
Toiletries and under-things, hat boxes, stationary and miniatures wall hangings.
Articulated pale bisque shoulder head on articulated wooden body..possibly Bru.
elaborate wardrobe consisting of walking and day dresses. Embroidered on her nightdress are the initials "M.C." The doll originally belonged to the House of Savoy.
Manikin doll wearing a summer walking dress in pink and white stripe. Bisque shoulder head with blue glass eyes, body made of kid and fully gusseted for movement.
E. B. for Eugene Barrois, blue glass eyes, pierced ears, beautifully painted full lips, and her original strawberry blonde mohair wig.On a fully articulated twill over wood body which allows her to assume a multitude of positions, it is fitted with lovely bisque arms. Beautifully costumed in pale gold satin, accented by fine lace, shimmering pearls and luxurious bows. Orange blossoms in her hair add yet another dimension. )
This law makes it sound as though only ladies were vain, but men were just as careful about their appearance as women, and in some cases more so. Fashionistos called Macaronis were infamous for their eccentric styles, often wearing make-up as the ladies did, and earrings. They traveled in groups; were extremely egocentric, and basically annoyed everyone else with their flamboyant presence.
An Annapolis-based specialty auction house has brokered the world record sale of an antique doll with the auctioning of a circa 1914 French art doll sculpted by Albert Marque.
"In every collecting category there is that one piece, that one thing that every great collector dreams of owning," said Stuart Holbrook, president of Theriault's, the local firm specializing in the trade of antique childhood items.
"For doll collectors, the Marque is the pinnacle. It has the allure, the value and the beauty that is very compelling. It's one of the most incredible creations ever made."Holbrook said there are only 20 to 30 known Marque dolls still in existence, many of them in museums".
Ethereal Promoters of Fashions
A focal point of the minuet is the intricate serpentine patterns that the dancers trace as they move across the floor. These show the symmetry, order and harmony found everywhere in 18th century art forms.
Always knitting grandpa's stocking,and yet...