Marie Thérèse was born September 8, 1749 to the House of Savoy. She was married to Louis Alexandre Stanislaus de Bourbon, prince of Lambelle and she became the Princess de Lamballe. Her marriage was cut short by the death of her husband just a year later in 1768. Present in French court life, she became very close friends with Marie Antoinette, who after becoming Queen of France appointed Marie Thérèse as superintendent of the royal household.
Marie Thérèse was very close to the Queen, which brought about her untimely end during the French Revolution. Refusing to take an oath against the monarchy, she became the most famous victim of the September Massacres on Sept. 3, 1790 when she was attacked by a bloodthirsty mob. Beheaded by the crude blades of revolutionaries, it is rumored that she was also dismembered and that the pieces of her body were paraded outside of Marie Antoinette's window. Other records indicate that her headless body was delivered intact and was properly buried.
ABOUT THE DOLL
Marie Thérèse is a vinyl doll standing approx. 10" tall. She has a copper satin underskirt that is layered with rows of deep red lace. Her gown is made with a beautiful orange silk and trimmed with white and cream laces accented with hand-sewn faux pearls.
Her headdress is made with lace, strand faux pearls, and feathers of white and orange-red.