A gorgeous, faded apricot mohair French bear c.1920s, with an unusual style of webbed claws. Chloe is all original, and measures 40cms (16″) tall.
Mostly kapok-stuffed, and fully-jointed, Chloe has back-painted glass eyes, worn virtually clear now. In the past they’ve been re-attached with glue, and don’t quite sit flush to her face, giving her a rather pop-eyed expression!
Chloe’s nose and mouth are embroidered in dark peach thread, along with her claws. Only a couple of foot ones remain, but her webbed paws are mainly intact, along with her cream rexine pads.
Her ears are lined with soft wool plush, possibly alpaca, and there’s a non-working squeaker in her tummy.
Although Chloe’s long apricot mohair has faded over time, the back of her still retains some colour, as does the fur around her joints and inside her ears. She’s bald in some areas, but is nevertheless a furry bear.
This engaging character is wearing her old silk dress, and travels with a toile de Jouy French lavender-filled bag, which we’ll empty for overseas buyers due to import regulations.
Toile de Jouy has come to epitomise French savoir faire and art de vivre, in matters of decoration.
Now commonly used generically, the name stems from the village of Jouy-en-Josas, just south of Versailles, where the fabric was manufactured, and where the Toile de Jouy Museum now perpetuates the story behind it.
The man behind the brand, Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf, is better known for the street and metro station named after him in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.
Born in 1738 to a German family of dyers, Christophe was hired from Switzerland to Paris in 1758, to work as a colourist and engraver for the cotton manufacturer, Sieur Cottin, and from there he developed theToile de Jouy designs.
Centuries later, traditional FrenchToile de Jouy cotton printed fabric is reproduced by prestigious houses around the world.