I found this photo on flickr ages ago and wondered about her.
She may have been a religious figure rather than a fashion mannequin but she always intrigued me and I felt a little sad at her get up.
I wanted to take her home and dress her properly.
I am a soft touch for waifs - even dolls.
She looks like she may have a wax face (over a wooden base) rather than a straight carved wooden face. I suppose it could even be plaster, it's a bit hard to tell.
And her poor wig is a bit sub-optimal, isn't it! I hope she has found a good home.
Her tumbling locks do not particularly suggest a french fashion doll but she is certainly lovely.
There is something about her that makes me think of Italy and she is listed as being 18th century.
Those of you who have made stays will likely know which era they look to be.
Perhaps the lack of legs is because she never had any but rather a cage as many religious figures do.
There is something fascinating about these figures whatever their origins.
Photos of the lady with the crown by David Zellaby.