This 11 inch tall German porcelain head doll, circa the 1860s, is simply breathtaking. She is an early thick paste pressed head doll with cloth body and wooden lower arms and legs. She wears a lovely silk dress that, I believe, is probably original to her. The silk of the dress is starting to melt and is far too frail to remove from the doll. She also wears an antique cotton petticoat and pantaloons. The modeling, painting, and hair style of this doll are rare and fantastic. She has a molded snood adorned with a pink painted and molded hair ribbon. There are also delicate hair brushstrokes at her forehead. Another outstanding feature of her modeling is her lovely exposed molded ears. Even though I did not want to remove the dress, I was able to completely examine the head. There are no hairlines, chips, or repairs. The white spots in the photographs are from the flash of my camera and the black spots are just dusting from the dress and not inherent in the porcelain doll head.The body also appears to be sturdy. I was only able to partially visually inspect the body as I did, in no way, wish to endanger the silk dress that adds so much presence to this doll. If I had to make a guess, I would say that her head was probably created by the German firm of Conta & Boehme. This is the only example of this particular doll that I have ever seen so I cannot be absolutely certain. What a marvelous and rare addition to the collection of a serious china doll collector!
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