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shaped bodies, (always 15-inches in size), were all wood,
apart from the hands, which were metal. There were two
types of hands depending on the character of the doll - thin
straight hands and thicker cupped hands. As with all Huret
dolls, magnificent fashions were made for the Prevost dolls
and some had wonderful trousseaus.
Talking of trousseaus, let's now turn to this wonderful
example of a Prevost-Huret art doll. Three photos of him
appear in Francois Theimer's "The Huret Book" on page
245. He dates him to 1906. Whilst no further information
is given with respect to that date, the quality of the bisque
would suggest he is indeed an early model.
He is 18-inches in height, (as were all the Huret dolls,
from the very beginning), and his lovely bisque head is
marked on the back "HURET, 4." His painted eyes are to
die for and his fully jointed wooden body, with its swivel
waist and metal hands, is marked "HURET 68 RUE DE LA
BOETIE." He came in a lovely old wooden box with his four
original military outfits.
Since acquiring him at the UFDC convention in 2015, I
have managed to find two headless Prevost wooden bodies
with metal hands that have enabled me to display two more
of his outfits - just one more to go! And he has also proved
a delight to buy for - a compass, watch, gloves, medals,
razor, sword, pistol, suitcase have all been added to his
belongings.
I contacted the Military Museum in Paris to find out
more about the uniforms, but to no avail - yet another
"pending project." I did enter him in the Competitive
Exhibit at a subsequent UFDC convention and he
thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. He was quite a hit with
the lady fashion dolls. In fact, I got a bit worried leaving him
overnight - men in uniforms and all that!
He is one of my very favorite dolls and I hope you've
enjoyed seeing him and learning a bit about him and his
very talented creator.
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