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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 24, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

Here for your consideration is an extraordinarily rare and lovely early China ROHMER French Fashion, replicated for your pleasure by internationally recognized artist, Judge and Doctor of Dollmaking, Margaret Wolfe-Wilson, aka Margaret-Anne...and, yes, that's me.

She has been cast from a Doll Artisan Guild 2011 Convention mold and very happy to say that she has been taken down to our new favorite size, 12"-13" French Fashion , with Rohmer forearms poured in Bell's Blue/White porcelain, glazed and fired to a beautiful transluscent finish. Her decoration (features) have been painted with the utmost of care to make her as close and authentic as her antique counterpart. She has Hand Glasscraft Paperweight eyes in a brown/hazel and wears an exquisite little handmade and hand dyed curly lambskin wig. Her eyelids are dark and tapered on the ends but left heavier through the center to give her that dreamy, almost swooning look....definitely a young girl in love! The eyelashes and brows are correctly placed being careful to give them the right angle as on the antique. The mouth accenting includes the upper and lower lip accent lines, as well as that very distinctive fine line designating the separation of the lips and upturned at the corners to accentuate her slightly smiling expression!

This auction is for this beautiful head on her shoulderplate, and her bisque hands/arms which have been glazed and which makes her sparkle like a little jewel. As the picture shows the arms are up to just above the elbow, with accenting between the fingers and a light outline defining each fingernail as well as a bit of blush on her elbows and top of the palms.

She has also a wonderful natural curl lambskin wig also made by the artist. Her headdress is fashioned from ribbonwork and flowers made of antique ribbons (early 1900s), and a "not vintage" silk ribbon rosette, and also includes a bit of antique hat veiling of gold mesh. Ribbonwork on my dolls is a sort of trademark of one of my dolls, as it is a true passion of mine.

She was created by Madmoiselle Rohmer, and was the first fashion doll on which the patent was acquired for a swivel neck, and the very unusual neck configuration known as "cup-n-saucer". There is an insert from the shoulderplate into the head allowing the head to swivel. This has been lined with fine leather to allow her to turn without grinding of porcelain to porcelain. She could certainly wear a pendant, but I did not want to cover the innovative (ca. 1858) neck assembly. If you wish to add one you may, of course, do so. This is such an unusual and historically significant characteristic, that I would suggest a dress that displays this feature.

M arg aret imbues her dolls with much love and care and hopes that her new "curator" will appreciate her and love her as this treasure deserves.

Her head circumference is 5 1/2" and on the correct leather body, she would be 12" tall. Create-A-Doll offers an authentic Rohmer Leather Body, which was developed "just for this doll", (but also available for Leontine, a 16" doll) and this body is unique in that it has little chords coming out from the torso with tiny clips which would hold her in a sitting position when clipped to the knee. This uniquely special body would make her 13" tall when standing. The body choice is yours. If you want her to sit, you will need to ask for this body and have the body made for you with the proper legs attached, and you would need to ask Create-A-Doll to include the glazed legs as your doll (called Leonette) is a glazed China Rohmer. OR... You should look for a French Fashion leather gussetted body of approximately 10" measurement from shoulder to foot, which would simply allow her to stand instead of the sitting version. An excellent source for these authentic and appropriate bodies is Ann Evans in Chubbuck, Idaho. Her website is . She knows most of the available molds, and will make you the leather arms that go above the elbow, wherein you can inse...