Huge 1870's Kestner China~Fabulous Antique Body!

This big girl is just gorgeous! She stands 29" tall, her head alone measuring 8" tall. She has wonderful detailed painting with little red circles denoting nostrils, and beautifully painted mouth with turned up corners and lip separation, and deep blue eyes with molded eyelids. Her body is just wonderful and has adorable stitched toes. I love this body and those feet so much that I have never put shoes on this girl. The body has a tiny wasp waist and wide hips. The top of the body looks to have been reinforced with fabric and possibly more stuffing added to the chest as she has sort of a pouter pigeon profile. This is an old repair with old fabrics. The arms are replacement arms, probably dating to the 40's or 50's. The upper cloth matches the cloth used to repair the upper part of the body so may be the same age as the repair. They are pinned to the top of the body rather than sewn so that you can replace them with leather arms or antique ones if desired.

Her head is in excellent condition. There are very minor paint rubs to the back of the sausage curls, there is a tiny rub on one eyebrow (it appears in the first photo that there is a large rub next to a small rub....the large one is glare from the lighting, the rub is the small one) and there is a chip on the inside by one sew hole. She is marked inside with an impressed mark which looks like Klr and there are also markings in pencil inside the head.

She comes dressed in an antique white petticoat and antique dress trimmed in lace with ribbon threaded through the waistband. The dress is in good condition with minor small spots of staining/foxing and one area on the front of the skirt that is shattering. The skirt is full so the damage is not extremely noticeable.

If you like large china's, this one is for you. She is just gorgeous in person! I'll be happy to provide additional photos.

Item ID: RL-514

$693 USD

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Deborah Young, Champaign, IL   

Specializing in Quality Antiques with a focus on Dolls and their Accessories.

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