The dolls are exhibited in the shop but this sensational anthology of the costume has not been documented. Many of them have disappeared. The population of 100 is only an extrapolation of the numbers indicated on the head in red ink. No list survived. This ephemeral operation was undoubtedly intended to be some demonstrator of the know-how of the designer.
Dolls 5, 7, 12 and 94 have been previously discussed in this column. On July 12, 2009, doll 21 had been sold for $ 263K including premium by Theriault's. Some dolls still retain a pencil title on the foot. Doll 94 named Lorraine was sold for $ 310K including premium by Theriault's on January 10, 2015.
On August 1 in Orlando, Theriault's sells the doll numbered 50, lot 34 estimated $ 140K.
The blonde girl is fitted with a long dress in wool and satin. She is pretty with four pieces in fine lace : the bonnet, the scarf or jabot folded over the neck and the pair of cuffs.
Its first owner was a little girl. The parents, conscious of the fragile beauty of the doll, required her not to play with it. She held that commitment for 86 years before having it auctioned by Theriault's in 2002.
Maintained in an excellent original condition, the doll retains its pencil title : Paulette Louis XV. By the opulence of her bonnet she is more a peasant than a marquise. The reign of Louis XV remained for a long time a symbol of cool elegance between the fêtes galantes of the Régence and the country coquetry of Queen Marie-Antoinette, the wife of his successor. Paulette designates both a nice diminutive for first name Paule and a controversial tax of the Ancien Régime.
ADDITIONAL PRE SALE INFORMATION
The Albert Marque doll is highlighted in second position in the video shared by Theriault's. The pencil title is redefined as Pauline Louis XVI although Paulette Louis XV is still the information in the online catalogue.
SOLD for $ 160K before fees