"1863 Doll", Designer: Weill (French) Designers: Jane Blanchot (French), Jean Clemént (French, 1900–1949) 1949 Medium: metal, plaster, hair, fur, feather, silk Size: 32 x 11 1/2 in. (81.3 x 29.2 cm). The US sent aide to France after WWII in boxcars dubbed the "American Friendship Train" the French created the "Gratitude" or "Merci Train", a set of 49 boxcars filled with gifts of thanks. These dolls made on a wire armature, were included. Each designer chose a style from 1715 to 1906.
"1755 Doll" with costume by A. Reichert, made in 1949 as part of the Friendship Train. This dress is inspired by "Manon Lescaut", a novel published in 1731 by Antoine Francoise Prevost which typifies the lyrical emotion of rococo literature, and which inspired several stage productions (including a ballet and operas by Massenet and Puccini).
Marron | "1889 Doll" | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art I For the French "Gratitude" or "Merci Train", a set of 49 boxcars filled with gifts of thanks for America's Friendship Train of the previous year.
Lady of the Venice Court, 1520 Description: Velvet and brocade open front gown. Bodice with trumpet sleeves, brocade fore sleeves over embroidered chemise. Peach silk petticoat, boned farthingale, silk knit stockings and green suede chopines (high platform shoes typical of the Venice court). Headdress is an italian coif-a network of gold cords bound together at each intersection and decorated with pearls.
1774: Jean Desses. ""Les Adieux" by Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune provided the inspiration for this dress by Jean Dessès. Moreau le Jeune (1741-1814) was a French illustrator and engraver best known for his illustrations recording fashionable dress and interiors in the "Monument de costume physique et morale" published by L.F. Prault in 1776-1783. The original etching and engraving is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection."