Standing 4-3/4" tall, this vintage porcelain half-doll from the 1920s is incised with the Carl Schneider mark of a "C" intersecting a hooked "H" and the number "14462" along with "DEP" and "Germany" at the base at the back of the doll. The young lady is from the "Costumes of the Foreign Lands" group and wears the Volendam bonnet from the Netherlands. Her costume is handpainted in lavender, chartreuse and pink and she carries an open pink rose in her right hand in which every tiny finger is perfect. Under her bonnet with the large wings, her blond hair frames a heart-shaped face with rosy cheeks and slightly parted lips. The upper eyelid is delineated with a thin vermilion line, and she even has a small indentation at the base of her throat. The modeling of the hands is so superb that on the inside of her left hand, the bend of her fingers at the knuckles is evident! Her arms are completely away from her body as she poses rather coyly with her flower. Though she is in very fine condition, I cannot say she is mint. At some time in the manufacturing process, I think her left elbow was bent a little more than was prudent, because there is a small line at the outside, right above the elbow, that does not continue around the whole arm which is covered by glaze. When I looked at it under a loupe, that is the only thing I could think that may have caused it, and I tried to show you the flaw in my close-up photos. She appears to be perfect otherwise. She was one of my first purchases when I was collecting in the 1960s and she is one of the last to leave me. This large half-doll, which is quite hard to find, is an imposing site in a small shadow box or corner shelf. It is very hard to resist the beauty of the German masters of sculpture! Thank you for visiting.
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