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Sustrac with Jointed Elbows

Rarely Seen Size

The thrill of finding a French mignonette with jointed elbows can definitely be punctuated by the acquisition of one in the largest size of 7" such as this.  Usually five inches or less, these delicate creatures capture our attention with their bird-like faces, cobalt eyes, meticulously painted features, eggshell white bisque, swivel necks long, slender jointed limbs with bare feet and of course, the bonus of extra articulation at the elbows. 
She has a grey baking line from manufacture at her left front shoulder area, typical of this ultra-early bisque, but a line on her right upper arm is actually a strand of hair in the photo!  She wears a lovely frock of antique fabrics and trims, antique undergarments, and a vintage, intircate wig of blond mohair in a fancy do of ringletts and  rear braided bun.  She is shown in one of the photos modeling in an opulent bronze display vitrine, shown in detail and available on the furniture page.

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French Mignonette with Baggage

A rare young lady, due to her brown glass eyes, is this 5" French mignonette.  Although that may be the first thing noticed, her loveliness increases with her super pale bisque, swivel neck, original brunette human hair wig in floor length braids, slender all bisque body and limbs jointed at the shoulders and hips.  Her molded boots are an unusual mint green and any stray lines you see on them in the photos are strands of her sometimes unruly long locks!
Her never-removed clothing consists of a burgundy and ivory silk frock with matching fancy chapeau, and underneath are wonderful layers of matching, original, starched muslin undergarments trimmed in lace.  Somewhere along the way, she acquired her multi-layered travel trunk to store her personal belongings, which at this point are a couple of frail bonnets, a cotton blouse, and a tiny locket. Along with her comes the hanging label she carried from the collection of the Mary Merritt Doll Museum.

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Sustrac Mignonette

5 1/2"
Jointed Elbows

What an immaculate face on this tiny piece of art in 3-D, an all bisque, early mignonette by the Sustrac firm, who was known to mark the backs of many their dolls with "B T E ".  Which is probably the case with this jointed elbow girl, however her original silk, brocade frock is sewn closed in the front.  On serious, special request, garment will be removed to check if necessary. 
Under the frock are tiny, starched original undergarments and her crocheted chapeau is old, but added.  She has cobalt blue enamel eyes and translucent white bisque, and an abundant, blond mohair antique wig.  She has a swivel neck and slim, elongated limb, all bisque body that is jointed at the shoulders, hips and of course, elbows!  Her meticulously carved hands and bare feet. give her a certain elegance.

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Tiny French Pierrot Pair

At only 2 1/2" tall, these all bisque French mignonettes pack in a lot of presence in their all original, silk Pierrot costumes, one with emerald pom poms and the other trimmed in  pumpkin orange.  Both outfits have lacy "clown" collars and have matching hats.  The dolls have painted blue eyes, swivel necks, and are jointed at the shoulders and hips with molded black heeled shoes.  Original wigs are of twisted curls in blond mohair.  Lots of charm in small scale!

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Wrestler Bru Jne. Model

9 1/2"
Mold 132

Here is one you don't see but once or twice in a collecting lifetime;  the elusive German Bru Jne. for the French market all bisque wrestler.  She comes from the line of wrestlers we all know, from the standard number 102, to the rare Circle Dot Bru face of the number 120 and then this extraordinary Bru Jne. version of the doll bearing the number 132 on the back of the head.  These are the only three numbers found on an actual wrestler all bisque, but many wrestler-type dolls with other markings and faces do exist.
The familiar presence of the Bru Jne. comes alive in all bisque form with her sky blue paperweight eyes with soft eyeliner, lashes and brows, her closed lips with a hint of tongue in between, her full, rose-blushed, pouty cheeks and pierced ears plus a voluminous antique blond mohair wig.  She has a swivel neck and the signature body of the husky wrestler we love;
Full chest and muscular arms with one bent more than the other, jointed at the hips, and even more robust legs jointed at the hips and molded footwear with the knee height white stockings and gold and black bootines.  She has the typical wrestler shading on joints and torso. Her clothing included an antique silk frock and cotton undergarments with some oversized accessories that include a brown felt and crimson feathered chapeau and a long, rabbit fur stole.  Looks like the ultimate all bisque has been playing dress-up in mama's closet!

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Asian All Bisque Beauty

Exotic Mignonette

The inspiration of the Orient was felt strongly during many eras past, with the flavor of design, fashion, and culture of east Asia leaving its mark throughout society.  The doll world followed suit with production of fashions, bebes and all bisques with molded features, hairstyles and costumes that reflected this love for the Orient.  With a slightly olive complexion, brown glass eyes in an upwardly slanted cut, and a closed mouth in a hint of a smile, this little girl is most probably from the firm of Simon Halbig, whose all bisque mignonettes   often surpassed their true French counterparts in beauty and finery.
She has a swivel neck and is jointed at the shoulders and hips, with long, slender limbs and bare feet. There is  a very small chip at the top back of her left thigh.     Her original raven braided mohair wig hangs below her knees from an upswept bun high atop her solid dome head.  Her black satin, ankle length culottes supply a dramatic backdrop to her enchanting, floral embroidered, cream silk tunic.  Exotic beauty.

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Mignonette with Jointed Elbows

Most probably from Sustrac in the late 1870's, this 4 3/4" French all bisque with bird-like fineness is a tiny treasure from head to toe. She has blue enamel eyes, pursed closed lips, and arched painted brows with dotted  lashes. Her swivel head is perched on her ultra slim body, having long legs, bare feet and slender arms that are jointed with detached balls at the elbows.  She is completely original, with a long, strawberry blond mohair wig and cream silk, lace trimmed frock and hat. She even retains her original silk ankle ties that serve as her shoes, better to display her dainty bare feet. Her left foot has been expertly repaired, almost invisibly.

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Little Miss Sunshine

9 1/2"
Early Kestner Girl

Like a tall sunflower, this statuesque 9 1/2" all bisque girl is drawn to sunshine and spreads warmth and happiness wherever she is.  She has blue sleep eyes, open mouth with square cut teeth, peachy pale bisque, long blond human hair antique wig, swivel neck and jointed at shoulders and hips and a healthy body with robust curves and detailed hands and bare feet.  Her right big toe has a chip at the end.
Every angle of her bisque body, from her shapely torso, to her chubby arms and detailed knees is awesome. Her bright personality is complimented by her antique yellow cotton and starched organdy garden dress with coordinating bonnet, antique undergarmens and if she so prefers, she has little leather antique shoes in mint green. Little Miss Sunshine!

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Simon Halbig 886

The classic 7" Simon Halbig all bisque that made molded long, black stockings and heeled brown shoes famous.  A nice sized girl with long legs and bent arms, blue glass sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth, lush brows and lashes and a peachy bisque tone to set off her replaced red mohair wig.  Jointed at the hips and shoulders and swivel neck, she moves her exceptional early, lace inserted antique frock with matching lace-trimmed undergarment into sweeping, full poses.


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