Paris: Impie. Lender, 1866. Set of paper dolls, containing two figures, two wooden stands, twelve double-sided outfits, and four hairstyles, all printed lithographically. "Psyché", created in 1835, was one of the very first paper dolls included in the eponymous magazine. It was also sold as a paper toy in its individual box, as presented here. The box declares that the dolls represent the height of Parisian style. Their outfits include flowing gowns, dresses with lace and ruffles, an overcoat with accompanying muff, and various accessories, such as gloves, mirrors, belts, and bows. Several give a hint to a background, including a mantelpiece above a fireplace or an upholstered chair. The display of both the front and back of the outfits provides a detailed insight into fashion unusual for paper dolls.
Housed in original box, with publisher's information on underside of lid. Lacking two headpieces from original set, box shows general soiling, else near fine. Item #29998