Rare Early Antique German Papier-mache doll, so-called Desiree Clary, c. 1831
August 12, 2020
Very Rare Early Antique German Papier-mache doll, so-called Desiree Clary, c. Rare wonderful papier-mache doll, so-called “Desiree Clary”, has a breast plate made of papier-mache, deep angular-shaped breast plate, nice modelled features, detailed painted, blue painted eyes, slightly smiling red mouth, good modelled detached ears, black painted strongly modelled hair in Desiree Clary style : on forehead always 4 curls up to the the ears, multi-row brushstroke, short middle parting, high hairstyle made of 9 small plaits held together with a plaited hairband, high hairstyle, like a high comb, curved brushstrokes surround the face, bulging stuffed hand-sewed immovable body made of white kid leather, forearms and hands with single stick-out thumb made of carved wood, lower leg and feet are made of carved wood. Good condition to age, beautiful original clothes (the silk is fragile because age). 17 in (44 cm) tall. With Joseph acting as an intermediary, Desiree was presented to Napoleon, to whom she became engaged on 21 April 1795. Shortly afterwards, Napoleon arrived in Paris, and with the indecisive Desiree reluctant to join him in the capital, it was there that the French general met Josephine. Despite breaking off the engagement, he maintained a special devotion to his first love for the rest of his life. The item “Rare Early Antique German Papier-mache doll, so-called Desiree Clary, c. 1831″ is in sale since Wednesday, July 29, 2020. This item is in the category “Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Papier-Mache”. The seller is “respectfulbear” and is located in PARIS. This item can be shipped worldwide.