SOMETIMES A DOLL HEAD is perfect all on its own. It resonates with such perfection that it seems alive in your hands ! They are beautiful in their own right and can many times contribute as much as a whole doll. A head with this kind of star quality can make for an exciting and lovely accent in a cabinet display. Whether you enjoy a doll head as a work of art; or like to mount them on bodies for dressing, you will be sure to enjoy this 1870’s beauty. So very early as to not have a specified maker, this is the kind of poupée head that numbers itself among the earliest of fashion dolls. Completely unmarked, she is the early era Pressed Bisque Head that was made by porcelain firms such as Barrios for other firms such as Bru before they had manufacturing facilities of their own.
She would make up into about a 16” tall doll give or take your preferences. She has early cobalt blue Paperweight Eyes with pinwheel threading and a sculpted Closed Mouth . On these early dolls the ears were molded flat against the head. The early flat earlobe was not pierced for free hanging earrings. Instead, a wire that attached the earring at each end was passed through the head from one side to the other. You can still see evidence of the original earring wire embedded in the original gypsum on the inside of her head ! The original neck plug with kid lining is still intact securing the head to the shoulder plate with the original wire closure also underneath.
MADE WITH SUPERIOR QUALITY this head of tissue fine Hand Pressed Bisque has expert coloration and artwork as evidenced by her carefully painted brows, lashes, and Closed Lips. This delicate French porcelain is so early in the mold that it has captured every nuance of her facial structure. She has a finely pronounced but delicate nose, deep nostrils a deeply carved mouth and a delicately curved chin. There is a very faint, old hairline in the forehead measuring an inch long. It stems from the rim and stops about 1/4 of an inch just over the left eyebrow. It is very superficial and not any kind of break or reglue. It is perfectly smooth to the touch. This kind of no harm old line is generally associated with either the original insertion of the cork pate …or a later date removal of it. In any case, it is quite benign. Without out the scrutiny of an enlarged digital photograph, it is very faint in natural light so as not to be distracting and surely obscured by the most casual of wigs. We have given her an antique wig whose bangs will cover the hairline but no effort to position it for that purpose has been made here.
IT IS A RARE OCCASION for just a head of this caliber to be offered for sale. Most would assemble it into a doll one way or another before selling it. This offering makes an exciting opportunity for the hobbyist to restore an important doll according to their own taste….and at a more affordable price than buying a finished doll !
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SIZE: 4.25” high, 7” cir. head, 4” measured at the widest point of the shoulders from edge to edge;
3” measured from sew hole to sew hole; and 2” from the front plate to the back plate.
CONDITION: As described above and seen in photos. Some remnants of glue at the rim of the head along the
old wig line. A small air bubble in the blowing of the right eye…as magnified in photo.
NOTE: in the first photo you are looking at loose hairs against the forehead not the
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4.25” Tall Bru Era Pressed Bisque French Fashion Head