The long dark blonde (brownish/light auburn) hair is real (not man made/nylon) which has been sewn to a piece of mesh fabric and then seems to have been glued to the china head. The hair could possibly be gently washed/combed but I have not attempted this.
The glass eyes are brown. The closed mouth has a rosebud shape. The ears have tiny holes in the lobes for pierced earrings. All the facial features (lips, eyelashes, eyebrows, cheek blush) have been delicately handpainted.
Please note, all her facial features are the original fine line hand paint/hand drawn and have never been retouched/repainted. The china head is in perfect condition with no damage, hairlines or cracks and the body is in extremely good repair. In the 1980s, my grandmother took the doll to an apparently reputable restorer but unfortunately he was obviously not as good as he advertised and whilst he fixed the arms & legs at the shoulders and hips, which had become loose over time, he also completely painted over the original body, which we have subsequently been informed should never have been done.
You can still see some of the original pale pink paint underneath, where the darker overpaint has slightly worn away at the joints. However, this is still the original body and limbs, with no other defects.This early Victorian doll has been in my family for well over 150 years. She was presented as a new fashion doll to my Great Great Great Grandmother by her French Aunt and then passed down on my maternal side, finally coming into my care. This beautiful lady has been loved and played with over the years, attending many tea-parties and she was never just on show - I can remember playing with her, as does my mum and grandmother, until we realised the value and since then she has sadly been wrapped carefully, packed away and unseen/untouched. It seems such a shame to leave her hidden away when she is such a gem from another era. Confirmation of this being a rarer, early Jumeau doll is the closed mouth.
The later dolls were made with slightly parted lips, showing teeth (which I personally feel are not as pretty). The doll comes with what remains of her original garments. I understand from family that she did have more of a trousseau which has sadly been lost over the impending 150+ years. Unfortunately what is left of the clothing has not worn well, with noticeable signs of damage through age as well as moths!
Clothes include a dress, petticoat, underdress and bloomers. These values took into consideration the doll repainting and the damaged clothing. I was advised that due to her being an early Jumeau poupee doll (closed mouth not the later open mouth) and an undamaged head, she is still considerably valuable and I also understand that she is now worth more than those previous valuations from a few years ago. The reason for me deciding to sell the doll, rather than keep her in my family, is that on discussion, none of us want to have the responsibility of looking after her. She would only remain packed away and not on show.
I feel she would be much better with a genuine collector who understands her worth and value as an exquisite piece of Victorian craftmanship. Any questions just contact me. Happy to provide more photos on request.
The doll will need considerable packaging to ensure no damage in transit, so this will add to weight of the parcel. The parcel will also need to be insured since the doll is antique, valuable and irreplaceable.I CANNOT TAKE ANY RISK OF LOSS/DAMAGE TO THIS UNIQUE, VALUABLE ANTIQUE SO WANT TO ENSURE ALL POSSIBLE CARE IS CONSIDERED PRIOR TO THE DOLL LEAVING THE SAFE HANDS AND OWNERSHIP IT HAS BEEN IN MY FAMILY FOR OVER 150 YEARS. I HOPE YOU ALL UNDERSTAND MY CAUTION AND CONCERN. HAPPY FOR COLLECTION IN PERSON. The item "Antique Jumeau Doll Porcelain Bisque China Victorian 1840s Rare Closed Mouth" is in sale since Tuesday, January 7, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls, Clothing & Accessories\Antique Dolls".
The seller is "strawberrysequello" and is located in Croydon. This item can be shipped to all countries in Europe, United States, Australia.