I checked YouTube and Turner Classics web sites, and it looks like the film, Les Vampires, is dated 1915, not 1919. I think I based the date by what was on my DVD of this movie......whatever, I just wanted to correct the date and add a vid of the film. Enjoy!
This is a very rare bat boudoir doll. It is tagged "Doumka" and was made in France. I find this doll very fascinating because there is a French-made film, made in 1919, titled "Les Vampires." It stars Musidora who plays a leader of an Apache crime gang called Les Vampires. Her code name is Irma Vep (vampire).
This Lenci is wearing the same style outfit as a drawing from a 1923 French magazine. The hats are similar, the jackets have a waist tie and pockets. The collars and pockets are trimmed in a similar color. They even stand with their toes together ;). Was Lenci the model for this drawing or was this Lenci designed after this drawing? I don't know what year this doll was made, but it illustrates how boudoir dolls mimicked the style of the era.
As you can see by the auction photo, this boudoir doll, made by Charles Bloom, Inc., looked like a major restoration project. However, look at what adding a hat can do. The doll has been transformed. Not seen in the auction photo, but she did have bits of her original red hair. I just love the way this doll looks. Thanks, Sue, for sharing these photos and information. The doll is marked Chas. Bloom and dated 1925 - click on the information below.
I would think, given the coloring of this Pierrot Christmas Ornament, you could use it for Halloween as well. I plan to use this ornament as a doll for one of my Pierrot boudoir dolls. Once I can take photos, I will post.
This unusual-looking Pierrot has larger than normal limbs. He's missing his skull cap. Not sure if this is how he originally came. Now that I think about it, he may not have had a cap originally so that one could be made to match his outfit. If this was originally a doll kit, it required the person to make a body and outfit. I acquired this Pierrot from Germany. He's marked, but I cannot read what it says. If anyone knows, please let me know.
This is a great old ad, showing various boudoir dolls, including "Cubebs," Keeneyes, and "Anitas." What I find interesting is that the ad is from Kindel and Graham. They sold the boudoir doll-faced cigarette dispensers. Thank you, Karen, for sharing this ad!
Read the comments on December 29, 2009, under French "Sparkle" for more information on this particular doll. The orange pantaloons appear to be the only part of her original silk outfit that has survived.