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Nelling, Inc.

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Maison Huret Enfantine Beauty


The rich colors of the antique dress worn by this Huret fashion doll (17 1/2") accentuate her dramatic coloring, including the snow-white bisque of her one-piece head and shoulder plate, her ocean blue painted eyes with lingering tear drops, her lightly rouged cheeks and her berry pink lips. On her mid left forehead is a faint, light brown paint miss from the time she was being originally decorated. And on her left shoulder is an imperfection in the form of a brown firing line across to the center. Neither of these issues are considered damage, just inherent to the doll herself. Her antique mohair wig is a warm blond with plentiful curly waves.

 Her plump bisque arms with details of finely molded fingers and nails are also of the same palest bisque as the head and they are attached to the body with wooden joints for added posing. And her body is a very sturdy leather example with gussets at the hips. Her light weight cotton dress in the enfantine silhouette, with deep-toned, tiny floral print is so attractive with her coloring, she wears an antique straw chapeau, has beautiful antique undergarments and lace up, antique French leather boots..

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Jumeau Fashion / Twill-over-Wood Body

with Trunk and Wardrobe


Shown here is a delicate example of a Jumeau fashion lady who models some of her smartly styled. antique wardrobe, all of which fits with her in an attractive antique French trunk with a removable tray. She has dreamy, gray blue enamel eyes with subtle painting of lashes and brows, an outlined, rose tinted closed mouth and creamy pale bisque with a hint of rouge coloring on her cheeks.

Her blond mohair wig is antique with a portion of hair giving her braided hairband, and she has pierced ears and a swivel head on her bsique shoulder plate. Her high quality, fully jointed wood body covered in twill fabric is actually the one that should be found on a Simon Halbig early fashion lady. She even has the added articulation of jointed ankles with the twill covering also on her feet. Her lower arms are of pale bisque with long molded fingers, and there is a repair to the left forearm.
Her antique wardroble consists of five, two piece suits, ranging from dramatic black, to several richly toned colors for each mood, to a fresh, Springy pnik number. She has a number of antique hats for accessorizing, antique leather button up boots, and antique undergaments in white cotton. This beloved doll and her trousseau are from a special California collection.

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  Early French Fashion Lady

Smartly Dressed!

Dating from the 1860's the association that the Barrois bisque production had with other factories like Bru is so evident as there is a hint of first generation Bru in the face of this lovely lady.  She may have inspired the look of the first Bru fashions with her gentle, full face with super fine application of features, more so than on the very chubby-faced early Barrois heads.  Her swivel neck head  has moody blue enamel eyes, outlined in fine, black eyeliner and surrounded by pale brown lashes and brows that make her look early and delicate.  Her peachy rose colored lips are accented and painted conservatively inside her lip line. 
She has primly molded, pierced ears and her super pale bisque has a faint wash of cheek color. Her blond mohair wig is antique, tied loosely in a rear bun with braids encircling the front.  Her body is completely of kid leather and in very sturdy, and clean condition, with the upper torso visible by lifting her chemise.  Of great attraction is her very smart, wheat colored silk antique gown with reserved, but very dramatic impact due to the use of vivid color, pattern and detailed trim as embellishments.  Even the pillbox hat in coordinating fabric, trim and color she wears demands the same attention!  Undergarments and boots are all antique.

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Petite Gaultier Fashion in Ceremonial Costume


At only 11” this Francois Gaultier fashion is fresh from Paris and making an astonishing impact due to her fully original and detailed wedding or communion costume that has a provincial feel to its design. Her petite but powerful visage has enormous blue enamel eyes, lush lashes and multi-stroke brows, a closed mouth with accent line between the lips and pale bisque that is a swivel head on a bisque shoulder plate. She has her original blond mohair wig peeking out from under her dramatic head dress of lace, net, silk ribbon and flowers of fabric and wax.

This ceremonial theme is continued with her starched organdy and shining satin, calf-length gown with lace, ribbon and floral detail, and she wears her original cream cotton stockings with ivory leather slippers. Her never undressed body is of firm and clean kid leather that is jointed at the shoulders and her vivid jewelry consists of turquois glass bead earrings and a matching pin of turquoise beads at her collar line.

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Francois Gaultier in her Finery

From a local important collection, it is clear that the long time collector was attracted to lovely faces, such as this 16" F.G. young lady in her original, two piece wedding gown that, without its elaborate head dress and demure veil, could creatively be accessorized to wear to the ball.  She has a crystal blue gaze from her large enamel eyes, softly detailed facial decoration and shading, pierced ears and an older, medium blond mohair wig with long curls spilling from a soft up-do.
Her super pale bisque swivel head and shoulder plate match her jointed bisque arms having hands with detailed fingers and nails.  Her gusseted leather body is strong and clean.  The satin folds and tucks of her ivory skirt with long train are accented with flower petal-like silk trim showing up around her collar, down her jacket and also on her gorgeous head dress.  Also note her long trained petticoat and separate, bustle of matching pleated, linen-like fabric.  Currently looking for some shoes to wear on her silk-stockinged feet.

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Early Bru-like French Fashion

All Wood Articulated Body


The full articulation of a wood body for a French fashion is very desirable, and when found on a superb, early head like this one, it is extra special.  The doll dates from the early years of collaboration between factories like Bru and Barrois, and you can see the similarity to the round-face Bru poupee who preceded the Empress Eugene.  Having an ethereal quality, she has the egg-white bisque with strong, blue enamel eyes, a longer nose and soft tinted lips that are accented in a darker hue at top and bottom.  Her original wig is of medium brown human hair is a feminine rear bun. She has pierced ears and a swivel neck on a bisque shoulder plate, which is attached to her fully articulated wood fashion body with her never removed, kid leather chest apron.

This wonderful body is jointed at the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles, and putting it in the deluxe posing category, are the swivel joints at the top of her legs and at her waist.  Although it may be a shame to cover this masterpiece of carving and engineering, she wears an antique gown of sand and pale aqua silk, with tucking on the bodice, elongated sleeves for drama, and a flowing train to follow her wherever she goes. In her hair she wears a stem of wax flower buds, she has antique undergarments, silk stockings and antique French leather slippers.

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Mlle. Cosette

Superb Barrois, Trunk and Trousseau

A multi-faceted life calls for a multi-faceted wardrobe, and this early Barrois young lady named "Cosette" by the owner has just that, in a trunk that holds her and her trousseau to experience every day of it!  Cosette has that wonderful, early pale bisque of the 1860's, with cobalt blue, almond-shaped eyes, encircled with dark eyeliner and lashes and pale, multi-stroke brows.  She has a pursed mouth with a hint of a smile in soft rose lip color.

Her head swivels on her bisque shoulder plate and her bisque arms and beautifully modeled hands and stout and expressive. The deluxe body she has is of articulated wood completely covered in kid leather, even the intricate joints that work firmly and smoothly.  Even the waist swivels slightly but is very tight with settling and age. 

Then we have her ultra versatile wardrobe, from her practical, print cotton house dress with full white cotton apron to a glorious, silk organza gown with layers of ruffles and a long train in a delicious sherbet of spring color.  Even the petticoat that supports this dress has a train!  Other outfits include a sweet print cotton, two piece suit with pink ruffled trim for a garden party, a white cotton, enfantine one piece dress with lace inserts and tucking throughout and a smart, ecru full dress with delicate lace overlay and violet velvet accents for an afternoon trip into the city.
There are coordinating antique hats for mix and match and plenty of antique undergarments that do their job supporting all her delightful clothing, especially her added hoop skirt which is a must!  All this is contained in her dome-top wooden trunk with a two compartment tray covered with original, decorative paper.  Her boots are leather and antique, as are her stockings.  Lucky girl!

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Superb "Lily" Poupee with Label


From a private collection in California, we have a lovely early Francois Gaultier Lily (18"), swivel neck fashion, with her fully jointed, leather over wood body, having beautifully sculpted bisque lower arms, hands, lower legs and feet. She has hauting, silvery blue enamel eyes, eggshell white bisque, slightly dramatic painting of lashes and brows, the FG “bee-sting” painted lips, pierced ears and a loosely styled, abundant and curly, antique mohair wig.

The Lily label on her chest is very intact, showing the boutique name, “A La Poupee de Nuremburg”, the shop address in Paris, and the Lavelle Perronne name, making this a specially documented fashion doll. Her antique, sheer cotton outfit is a full skirt with blouse bodice, having flared three-quarter sleeves with ruffled borders, tied at the waist with a sash of the same fabric.

A third piece to the outfit is the matching ruffle-edged cape, giving added style to summer casual chic. Her antique straw bonnet's colorful ribbon trim is repeated with her basket of flowers and her olive green slippers with fancy pink silk bows.

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An Elusive E.B. Fashion

Distinctive Slender Molding


Seldom seen on the market is this rare, French E.B. Fashion with distinctive facial modeling. This was the alternate face made by Barrois at the same time as the E.B. Fashion with extreme Asian features, with both having a similar austere mood.

She has a pale bisque shoulder head, almond shaped, blue enamel eyes, aqualine nose, slender facial shape and elongated throat, painted lashes, feathered brows, closed mouth with center accented lips, pierced ears, and reddish brunette mohair wig over cork pate.   

Her pristine, gussetted leather kid poupee body has leather over wood joints at the shoulders with long, graceful pale bisque arms and finely detailed hands. Her perfectly fitting, antique A-line dress is of cream wool with red silk and cord accents has a similarly adorned antique hat. Undergarments and petite, leather lace up boots, for this petite beauty are also antique.  

     Be sure to check the CLOTHING page for available dresses and accessories for your fashion!


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