Here is a lovely extra pretty antique French Fashion 17 by Francois Gaultier from the 1870s. She has perfect bisque head and shoulderplate with no cracks, chips, repairs or hairlines. Swivel head has original spring attaching to shoulder plate. Head is marked 3 on the back.
She has pale delicate painting and very pale aquamarine glass eyes. Body is sturdy kid with no leaking sawdust.
All fingers are intact on both hands. One arm has a wrap that looks like it was put there to cover an arm wire. Not sure - I did not remove.She has her original cork pate. She is wearing antique batiste cotton underwear. I restored the original gold silk two-piece gown she is wearing. I replaced much of the exterior with Japanese glossy silk that is very fine and matches the existing. I also replaced the torn lace with antique. The gown is now sturdy. I made her a set of silk ribbon trimmed kid slippers. I rebuilt her wig on original skullcap using fine auburn mohair styled in banana curls.
I added a flowered coronet consisting of antique flowers on gold ribbon wound and trimmed wire. I posed her in my flower garden where she looks right at home.
It's hard to part with this doll after beautifying her and putting so much work into restoring her gown. Please ask questions if I missed anything or if you need any additional photos. The item "Stunning antique FG French Fashion lady poupee 17 with antique silk gown" is in sale since Monday, May 17, 2021. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\French". The seller is "west2york1" and is located in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
This item can be shipped worldwide.