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1800's Bertha Palmer French Wax Portrait Doll / Figure U.S. Historical Aristocrat Bertha Palmer - One-of-a-Kind Museum Piece

1800's Bertha Palmer French Wax Portrait Doll / Figure U.S. Historical Aristocrat Bertha Palmer - One-of-a-Kind Museum Piece

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: Wax, Wood, Human Hair, Glass Eyes, Self Portrait, Commissioned Portrait, French Artist
  • Favorited by: 12 people
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* MY ARTICLE ON THIS DOLL WAS IN THE FEB. 2017 ANTIQUE DOLL MAGAZINE *
>>>
** PLEASE READ ENTIRE LISTING! **
Here is an exquisite one-of-a-kind portrait doll of Bertha Palmer - by unknown
French Artist; the portrait was commissioned by the Palmer's and subsequently donated to the Enchanted World Doll Museum by the
Palmer descendants.
She is 36" and is elegantly posed poured wax from the waist up; the lower torso and legs are posed in a graceful position and appear to be crafted of wood (see photo).
Has some shelf dust. She is standing on a wood platform and this is a very heavy item!! The eyes are inset glass and the eyelids deeply sculpted with real eyelashes and inset brows; hair is inserted into scalp and is from
Bertha's own hair! She is dressed in a copy of the gown she wears in the McLaughlin Brothers portrait.. This beautiful portrait doll commissioned
from a French artist by Bertha herself is a unique work of exceptional quality and historical significance having graced the lobby of the famous mansion for many years!
While the name of the artist is not known, it is known that Bertha was a leading patron of the arts and as such, selected the artist for her likeness with the same care she exhibited in acquiring her vast collection
of art work from her favorite French artists - Monet, Manet and Renior. Bertha was a steady customer of all three.

In a magazine article from the Chicago Tribune (also included), it is stated "no body upstaged the first Mrs. Potter Palmer in Turn of the Century Chicago - whether it was jewelry, or houses, politics or art, Bertha was always in the limelight with some sparkling innovation. She was the social queen of the city - no one dared to challenge her reign."

Documents included with the "doll": a COPY of a personal
note card dated February 24, 1917 in Bertha's handwriting
talking about her father's death; original 1969 Chicago Tribune article "When Potter was King and Bertha was Queen"; portrait of Mrs. Potter Palmer by W.F. McLaughlin & Co. Chicago (large!)
This looks like a painted poster (some cracking) Professionally framed - the frame is beautiful - it's gold and has brown velvet too. It's about 25" x 21"
There is also a framed provenance - talking about this
commission and other tidbits on her life. Truly an amazing woman!!

Please note - her wrist on her right hand is broken - that's
the way it came - I have not attempted to fix it, looks like there may be a little glue to hold it in place and a little bit of the wax is gone from the underside of her wrist.
She has a few slight "crazing" on the wax, but not detracting from this gorgeous doll.

This is truly a RARE piece of history!!! She was appraised at an auction for $5,000-$7,000!
.
PREFER TO BE PICK UP ONLY @ RENNINGERS - KUTZTOWN, PA; OR VILLAGE @ ADAMSTOWN, PA.

HOWEVER- IF YOU WANT HER SHIPPED, YOU CAN ARRANGE FOR A 3rd PARTY SHIPPER AT YOUR EXPENSE.. THIS MUST BE FULLY INSURED AS I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE ONCE IT's IN THE SHIPPERS HANDS.
* MY ARTICLE ON THIS DOLL WAS IN THE FEB. 2017 ANTIQUE DOLL MAGAZINE *
>>>
** PLEASE READ ENTIRE LISTING! **
Here is an exquisite one-of-a-kind portrait doll of Bertha Palmer - by unknown
French Artist; the portrait was commissioned by the Palmer's and subsequently donated to the Enchanted World Doll Museum by the
Palmer descendants.
She is 36" and is elegantly posed poured wax from the waist up; the lower torso and legs are posed in a graceful position and appear to be crafted of wood (see photo).
Has some shelf dust. She is standing on a wood platform and this is a very heavy item!! The eyes are inset glass and the eyelids deeply sculpted with real eyelashes and inset brows; hair is inserted into scalp and is from
Bertha's own hair! She is dressed in a copy of the gown she wears in the McLaughlin Brothers portrait.. This beautiful portrait doll commissioned
from a French artist by Bertha herself is a unique work of exceptional quality and historical significance having graced the lobby of the famous mansion for many years!
While the name of the artist is not known, it is known that Bertha was a leading patron of the arts and as such, selected the artist for her likeness with the same care she exhibited in acquiring her vast collection
of art work from her favorite French artists - Monet, Manet and Renior. Bertha was a steady customer of all three.

In a magazine article from the Chicago Tribune (also included), it is stated "no body upstaged the first Mrs. Potter Palmer in Turn of the Century Chicago - whether it was jewelry, or houses, politics or art, Bertha was always in the limelight with some sparkling innovation. She was the social queen of the city - no one dared to challenge her reign."

Documents included with the "doll": a COPY of a personal
note card dated February 24, 1917 in Bertha's handwriting
talking about her father's death; original 1969 Chicago Tribune article "When Potter was King and Bertha was Queen"; portrait of Mrs. Potter Palmer by W.F. McLaughlin & Co. Chicago (large!)
This looks like a painted poster (some cracking) Professionally framed - the frame is beautiful - it's gold and has brown velvet too. It's about 25" x 21"
There is also a framed provenance - talking about this
commission and other tidbits on her life. Truly an amazing woman!!

Please note - her wrist on her right hand is broken - that's
the way it came - I have not attempted to fix it, looks like there may be a little glue to hold it in place and a little bit of the wax is gone from the underside of her wrist.
She has a few slight "crazing" on the wax, but not detracting from this gorgeous doll.

This is truly a RARE piece of history!!! She was appraised at an auction for $5,000-$7,000!
.
PREFER TO BE PICK UP ONLY @ RENNINGERS - KUTZTOWN, PA; OR VILLAGE @ ADAMSTOWN, PA.

HOWEVER- IF YOU WANT HER SHIPPED, YOU CAN ARRANGE FOR A 3rd PARTY SHIPPER AT YOUR EXPENSE.. THIS MUST BE FULLY INSURED AS I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE ONCE IT's IN THE SHIPPERS HANDS.

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