French artist Albert Marque, known for his late 19th- and early 20th-century sculptures of innocent children, created a bisque-head doll in 1915 that sold exclusively in the Paris couturier shop of Margaine-Lacroix. The doll, 22-inches tall, presents a young girl on the verge of adolescence and features a face of sweet innocence and poignancy. Doll historians believe that fewer than 100 Marque dolls were made, and doll collectors everywhere appreciate the quality, beauty, and rarity of the doll. All Marque dolls were dressed by Margaine-Lacroix to keep her staff employed during the First World War. The costumes represented royal and historical figures from France's past and regional attire from France's provinces. The A. Marque in the collections of the National Museum of Play wears an outfit of the Alsace region.


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