Extremely rare, the silk and brocade costume complete with an underlayer on the 16in (41cm) wooden doll was pitched at £500-800.
“There was lots of pre-sale interest and we thought it would go above estimate,” said specialist Leigh Gotch. “But we were pleasantly surprised when it sold at £3700.”
Top price at the November 13 sale was taken by a c.1800 French Schmidt Bebe doll in a presentation box complete with a full set of clothes and accessories.
At 11½in (29cm) tall, the doll, incised B. S.G.D.G, 3/0, was in the smallest, and rare, Size 3 of the Schmidt product.
With only a small repair to the left hand and otherwise in perfect condition, it was estimated at £4000-6000 and sold at £8000.