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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hello, Beautiful Doll

A boudoir is a woman's private sitting room, sometimes referred to as a  salon.   The word is derived from the French verb bouder to sulk, and the room was originally designated as a place to which a woman could sulk or withdraw.  It can also refer to a woman's private dressing room or bedroom.  The word boudoir is somewhat archaic, and can have a negative connotation, as its inference today is frequently associated with photography of scantily clad women in suggestive poses intended to be romantic and most definitely to capture the most flattering aspect of an individual.  

vintage dressing table be vintage style flowers, pinks creams white , vanity table:

Historically, the boudoir was a room designated from a private suite of rooms of a "Lady" or one who held an upper social class.  It was used for bathing and dressing and was located next to the bedchamber.  

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Dinner at Eight:
Jean Harlow in her dressing room
During the Victorian era and early in the 20th century, more elaborate homes designated the boudoir as an evening sitting room for activities such as sewing or embroidery, or accepting gentleman callers.  

The more elaborate homes with social prestige would include a boudoir as a separate room, as she would also have a morning room, and a dressing room. 

Actress Alice White in lingerie, 1920s.:

The Boudoir Doll Craze

During the mid 1920's, commonly called the "Jazz Age", the U.S and European and American women were preoccupied with dolls, and this time of collecting, has been referred to as the "Doll Craze".   Boudoir dolls, also known as "Poupee" dolls were a "must have" for every fashionable woman.  These dolls were a decorative accessory to their dressing room and not to be used as a toy.

According to "The Jazz Age Club", The Poupee dolls ranged in size, any where from 14" to 32".   The website "Jazz Age Club" writes, "Generically the dolls were called by various names that to some extent still endure today : art, portrait, boudoir, art deco, flapper, vamp, bed, smoker, salon or parlor dolls. These new dolls were different to what had been produced before as they were characterized by ornate, long limbs. long thin bodies, little hands and less ‘doll’ like, or ‘child’ like features or expressions; they had a stylized rather than a realistic appearance."

"The dolls varied in size from 24″ – 32″ with smaller dolls averaging 14″ – 18″ and were made out of a variety of media. The heads were usually of composition (sawdust mixed with a staying agent such as sugar water or starch placed in a mould) or of cloth or felt and some hands, feet and bodies were of composition too. Most of the bodies were soft of cloth or felt and stuffed with cotton. The composition heads were beautifully painted with blush and eye shadow, ‘bee stung’ red lips and even beauty marks. Hair was human, camel, mohair or silk strands."  - Source: thejazzageclub.com

"There were hundreds of different styles and treatments that followed exotic, historical, theatrical, foreign, fantasy or mythological themes. More popular inspiration came from the Eighteenth century of the French court and Marie Antoinette, the Elizabethan or early Georgian period, the romantic styles of the 1840s, Napoleon’s first empire, Pier rot, Harlequin, and Commedia figures from the Italian theatre, contemporary flappers with cigarettes, harem girls and flamenco or Apache dancers." Source: thejazzageclub.com

Half dolls in front of a framed antique fan:

"The trend of adopting these dolls appears to have started with the theatrical profession when dolls were created imitating great actresses and some actresses gave these portrait dolls to their co-workers. Later, they spread to society at large. As one contemporary commentator observed ‘we must have our little fads, otherwise life would jog along in too monotonous a fashion.’ Seemingly, most people ordered dolls for their own amusement. They were regarded as funny and their owners like to laugh at them and show them of to their friends. But equally they symbolized the rise of the new woman and epitomized a feminine dream of an adventurous, glamorous and more exciting new life." - Source: thejazzageclub.com

Amazing half doll lamp:

Lady's dresser, boudoir doll.:

Antique Boudoir Doll:

Lovely Anita Boudoir Doll with Ribbonwork Outfit. . Found on pinterest isn't she sooo lovely...:


well I don't like dolls,but she is kind of nice.....Rare Antique Sterling Co. Boudoir Doll- All Original:

antique french boudoir doll by stylerevisited on Etsy, €375.00:

Gorgeous Tagged Lenci Salon/Boudoir Lady - Lillian Gish face from ribbonsantiques on Ruby Lane:


***All images were found on Pinterest.com 
under the key words search "boudoir dolls".***