Offered here is a showstopping Lady in Blue Large Napco Head Vase wearing a Floppy Hat, Pearl Necklace, and Earrings. This lovely lady is the large version of this well-known head vase. She wears a textured powder-blue bodice with a deeper navy-blue collar or scarf draped around her neck. She has a stylish hat with a wide floppy brim in the same deep blue, with a light blue hatband and a three-dimensional bow at the front. She wears a pair of pearl drop earrings and a string of pearls around her neck. Her fashionably bobbed brown to blonde streaked hair, indicative of the era, is perfectly coiffed with a fringe of bangs. She has wide-open blue eyes with heavy dark eyeliner and pale blue eyeshadow that also delicately lines her lower lids. Her blushing cheeks and red lips complete her makeup.
She is just over 9-inches tall at the front of her hat, and her base is 5-3/4 inches by 4-inches. The opening in the top is approximately 4-inches in diameter.
Made by Napco during the 1950s to 1960s, she is stamped "C7497.” There is the remnant of a label, but it is from a recent price tag.
As is common with head vases of this period, there is all-over non-discolored crazing. She was covered with dust, and though she’s been carefully wiped with a damp cloth, she will need further gentle cleaning. There is quite a bit of melted yellow wax dripped down inside and puddled in the bottom, that I’ll leave for you to remove to avoid any damage. There are a couple of white spots in her left eye that feel like very shallow nicks. This seems to be a common affliction to lady head vases. Some of the deeper blue matte glaze shows very minor wear, but no white shows through the blue of her clothing. There are no chips, and she has both original pearl drop earrings and she wears her original pearl necklace.
This young lady will be a grand centerpiece for your collection!
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