This big exceptional doll is almost mint. She has an undamaged, unrestored head and an all original beautiful body.
She was made by Rabery Delphieu and is marked on the back of her head: R 3 D. She has dark feathered eyebrows, original set paperweight eyes with fine painted lashes all around, eye and nose accents, and a beautifully painted closed mouth.
She has pierced ears and her original earrings. Her complexion is pale and perfect, it's all original with no touch-ups.
There is a kiln firing short stress line on the inside of her forehead (photo # 9). It doesn't reach her eyebrows and it never came through to the front.This sometimes happens when kiln firing these big heads because they shrink and move a lot during firing. It's always been there and can't go anywhere. The only actual damage I see is a tiny chip on the left earring hole. Otherwise, her head is perfect. Her beautiful chunky original body is also nearly perfect and is it's original paint. It has some slight expected normal wear at the joints. She came to me wearing the beautiful clothes seen here, it was obviously made by a professional seamstress some time in the past. The underwear is cotton, the dress satin and lace.
Her wig is old, I don't know if it's original, but I think it's human hair. Her head is attached to the body with its original French spring connector. Her head is now stuffed with tissue paper and her replaced pate is lightly glued in place. The wig is simply pinned to the pate. The doll stand is not included.
Thank you for looking at my sale. The item "Antique 24 1/2 French Rabery Delphieu closed mouth bisque doll, excellent" is in sale since Saturday, November 23, 2019.This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\French". The seller is "2012askim11" and is located in Orchard Park, New York. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.