PAPER DOLL GAME - La Toilette. The Toilet. "Psyche". Paris; Narcon. circa 1850s.
Original decorative publisher's box, circa 282 x 224 x 27mm, with lift-off lid, this with full-size onlaid prettily handcoloured and engraved plate (signed "Faisandier") depicting a salon scene including three fashionably dressed young ladies, with printed titles below the image "La Toilette. The Toilet", all edges with original printed and gilded paper onlaid strips, the interior sturdily divided into 3 sections, the largest (housing the doll and costumes) with original paper lace curtains to top and bottom (with small tears), the two smaller compartments containing the hats and the turned wooden stand (possibly a replacement as somewhat tight, although more likely a touch warped); with the original finely engraved and palely handcoloured template of the doll ("Psyche", as printed at the base) dressed in undergarments, realised in the round and printed to both sides, apparently complete with all 8 original die-cut printed costumes, including a wedding dress, with careful original handcolouring, again fully realised in the round with front and back views and incorporating a pocket for the insertion of the doll, together with 6 accompanying die-cut handcoloured hats (apparently 6 of 7 as the wedding dress incorporates a headdress), 2 of these hats lacking one side; in excellent condition overall, the box with dust-soiling, a few small marks and light edge- and corner wear, internally very sound indeed, the doll in excellent condition, the costumes in equally good state with an irregular surface scuff to the rear of one and a couple of marks and other small signs of damage; rare and possibly unique, needless to say, untraced.