Perfect to display in a vitrine, this charming figure is hallmarked by Kestner, the very exclusive and famous doll making firm! It is composed of bisque porcelain and colored subtly and most charmingly! Her face is reminiscent of the Teplitz busts which were said to be modelled after Sarah Bernhart! The hallmark on the bottom dates it to ca. 1895-1930. (It is double struck).
After searching through several old doll books, I found one that showed a very similar bust by Kestner. This book explained that Kestner did venture forth from dollmaking on occasion to produce busts like this one. The book is called 'Kestner and Simon & Halbig Dolls 1804-1930' by Patricia Smith. It was published in 1976. It is this book alone that any reference is both made and shown of porcelain figurines like this one manufactured by Kestner. It is approx. 11" high. Make sure to view all photos.
She is in very good but not perfect condition. There are a few insignificant chips at the bottom edge but also a larger one on the bonnet (shown in pix). I have priced it accordingly and will leave having it repaired (or not) up to you. I honestly do not feel that any of the chips detract very much because they are not visible when the bust is on display. Definitely a rare item by a maker who rarely ventured away from dollmaking.
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