CHOICE sought after pink tinted early china head on cloth body and beautifully dressed in a very large size. A perfect combination.
This head could be categorized as Covered Wagon or Greiner-type hairstyle, as it has similarities to both styles. The gorgeous shoulder head is 7-1/4" and has painted features and modeling consistent with the description and photos on page 123 of "A Pictorial Reference Guide to German Chinas" by Mary Gorham Krombholz. Described as the Greiner-type hairstyle by the Kloster Veilsdorf Porcelain Factory, circa early 1850s.
The facial painting includes unusually large eyes for this era with blue shaded irises with a bit deeper outlining and the "slash" type white highlights on the right sides of the irises. She has black lash lines and red lid lines, red nostril accents and deeper red slightly smiling lips with a sliver of the pink tint showing between them for separation. She has four very small pepper spots from the firing process that do not detract. Her tinting and her coloration are both spectacular. There are no chips, cracks, nor repairs to this gorgeous head.
The cloth body may be the original. It has been ingeniously outfitted with a tightly fitted undergarment onto which the shoulder head has been stitched. This is a very smart way to attach a very heavy head to an early body without damaging the fabric of the body. It is likely the head was stitched or glued on and became loose, making this improvised garment a life-saver for the body and the head. The lower china arms are pink tinted and are replacements not as early as the head or the rest of the body, but very nice quality as well. I've checked for condition issues with the body underneath the garment and though I can't see every bit of it, there does not appear to be any concealed damage.
The costume consists of a gorgeous silk gown with wide shoulder detailing and the original brass hook and eye fasteners down the back. The skirt is cartridge pleated and the garment is fully lined. There is wear to the silk as shown, but it still displays beautifully and suits and fits this doll to a "T". The undergarments consist of pantaloons, a chemise with an embroidered "S" on the back, and two half slips. There is some staining to one of the slips that should soak out. The doll wears newer black stockings and wonderful early German kid boots with hard soles incised with the number "4" and "Made in Germany" in an oval.
Value based on 12th Edition Doll Values page 91 for Covered Wagon in this size is $1300. Greiner style on page 92 is $1500+ with no examples in this large size.
Extended Layaway is available at the listed sale price. Please email prior to purchase to work out the details for a plan that will work for you.
Overall a spectacular doll in superior condition and beautifully dressed for immediate display, listed well below market value.
Item ID: C-A960
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