Monday, December 16, 2013

Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène - Version 1

Also known as Madame Elisabeth, she was the younger sister of King Louis XVI to whom she was very devoted, even refusing to marry so that she could remain with him. During the Revolution, she accompanied the king and his family as they attempted to escape the country and was arrested along with them and brought back to Paris. She remained with Marie Antoinette until the queen was taken to another prison and executed a few months later. The queen’s last letter, penned hours before her death, was addressed to Elisabeth although she never received it.

Seven months after Marie’s death, Elisabeth herself was taken to stand trial before the Tribunal on charges of assisting the king’s flight, providing funds to royalists, and other assorted crimes. The completely outrageous charge of molesting her nephew, the royal Dauphin, was also brought against her. Although the accusation was meant to defame her and inspire hatred in the people's attitude towards her, the public in general believed the charge was false and greatly sympathized with Elisabeth. However she was found guilty of the other charges and faced the guillotine on May 10,1794.


Elisabeth is a reworked vinyl doll that stands approx. 20" tall. She has hand-painted features and beautiful long and curled auburn hair. She wears a gold floral brocade gown with wide lace edging trimmed with spring green ribbon and adorned with hand-sewn acrylic pearls and small satin flowers. Her underskirt is made with a silky lavender satin and trimmed with lace. Around her shoulders she wears a sheer mauve shawl with fancy lace edging and pearl ornaments.

Her severed head is attached to her hand with an acrylic pearl bracelet.. Her clouded eyes peer from beneath her unruly hair. The neck stump and just above the shoulders are both cut cleanly to resemble the wound inflicted by the guillotine. Blood, spinal column bone, and muscle tissue is visible from both wounds.

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