1835 · Paris
The paper doll set consists of a mannequin of Marie Taglioni (engraved and hand colored, 3" x 9 1/8"), with seven ballet costumes (each engraved and hand colored, back and front then glued together at the edges; each approx 4x6") With four (of six) headdresses. The costumes and headdresses could be placed over the mannequin to dress the dancer in the costume of her important roles in the mid-1830s.
The box is decorated with hand-colored oval cartouche of interlocked wreaths, with the name Taglioni in center. Each wreath contains the name of the ballet illustrated by a costume: La Belle au Bois Dormant, Nathalia, La Tentation, Guillaumme Tell, La Sylphide, and Le Dieu et la Bayadere. One wreath bears publisher's name Simon à Paris and one Opéra for the Paris opera where Taglioni performed these in leading roles. (Inventory #: 983819)