Camille Clifford (1885-1971) is best known for her work as a model for "Gibson Girl" illustrations, though she did plenty of stage work during her career as well. It's highly likely that her stage work was the source for these delightful cards featuring Clifford in an 18th-century inspired costume. Wikimedia dates another image in this series to 1907 and describes it as Clifford dressed as Madame de Pompadour; in 1906, Clifford was part of the musical The Belle of Mayfair, which included a harlequinade sequence that Footlight Notes describes as featuring Camille Clifford as "La Pompadour."
The Alexander Doll Company, better known under the moniker Madame Alexander, is a doll company that has produced more than 6,500 distinct dolls (with millions sold) since 1923. History is a reoccurring theme with Madame Alexander dolls, and one of their most notable forays into history was their "Madame Pompadour" series.
The original 2001 - 2003 series dolls are some of the most sought after Madame Alexander releases due to their high level of details and the quality of the original dresses; the original "Winter" doll has been known to fetch over $1,000 when it does on occasion show up on auction sites. The company did produce "Shadow" versions, or re-releases with some minor changes, a few years later. The "Shadow" versions have higher LEs and are easier to purchase for slightly lower prices.
With that out of the way, let's take a seasonal trip with the Pompadour!
I was browsing through Bonhams auctions recently and I came across a lovely portrait by John Singleton Copley, which depicts a woman working at a knotting shuttle with a lovely pink and white bag for her finished strands. I love portraits with knotting shuttles and other needlework, so I couldn't resist sharing. (And if you're in the mood for more knotting shuttle portraits, check out this post!)
A diamond pendant with a natural pearl, once in the collection of Marie Antoinette. The pearl, along with many other jewels, was sent by Marie Antoinette to Austria in 1791. The pieces made their way into the hands of her daughter when she was living in Vienna; the duchesse d'Angouleme later bequeathed them to others in her will. These pieces will go up for auction on November 12, 2018, from Sotheby's.