Friday, June 29, 2018

Marc Bouwer Cissy by Madame Alexander


After recently reconnecting with Madame Alexander’s Hollywood Cissy and the doll featured here, Marc Bouwer Cissy, I decided to share the photographs of this lovely doll here, too.

This photo and the one immediately below were taken while Marc Bouwer Cissy was still in her never removed from box state.



Introduced in 1999, like Hollywood Cissy, this 21-inch lovely doll entered my collection shortly afterward and has never been displayed.  In fact, the first time she was removed from the box is for the photos taken for this blog post. 

A gold pendant is enclosed in plastic along with Marc Bouwer Cissy's certificate of authenticity (COA).

Marc Bouwer Cissy’s certificate of authenticity reads:
This doll has been exquisitely designed and manufactured with love from our 1999 “Madame Alexander Celebrates American Design” Collection.  Your doll is from a limited edition and is numbered at 0228/500. 
Love is in the details.

The certificate is signed by Herbert E. Brown, [the then] Chairman & CEO Alexander Doll Company, Inc.  A gold tone pendant is enclosed in plastic with the COA.

Scan from The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls illustrates the Marc Bouwer Cissy featured here.

As shown, described, and valued in chapter 3, page 70 of my first book, The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls (Hobby House Press, Inc., 2003) Marc Bouwer Cissy has a black curly wig that has straight bangs, as closely seen in the next two photographs.  

Cissy has a beauty mark on her left cheek.
Curly hair is shown from the back with a close-up view of the brown feathered stole worn by this lovely doll.

Marc Bouwer Cissy has brown sleep eyes and a black beauty mark on her left upper cheek.  She wears a brown-fabric-lined brown/gold full-length gown with train and a brown feathered stole.

This is Cissy's first full-length photo out of the box.
The full train of her elaborate gown is illustrated in this photo.
Cissy wears sheer stockings and gold lamé mules.  The brown lining of her gown can be seen in this photo.


Cissy’s face and arms are made of soft vinyl.  Her torso and legs are hard plastic.  She is articulated at the waist and knees.  

The African American Marc Bouwer Cissy is style #26125 as indicated on the bottom end of her original box. 



Other Cissys in the “Madame Alexander Celebrates American Design” collection released at the time of Marc Bouwer Cissy’s release are listed on the inside of this doll’s hangtag, which is shown in the above final image.

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2 comments:

  1. Wow! She too is absolutely adorable. But 21” is quite tall. I never realized Mme Alexander dolls were so diverse.

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    1. Yes, Cissy is tall. The height is probably the reason they have remained in their boxes and not displayed. The height is also the reason I own only two. I know and have known collectors who own/owned several, proof that there are dolls that suit everyone's collecting fancy.

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