Among the very finest of the early 19th century Grodnertal Tuck Comb dolls are these completely original examples, an original Couple!
An ICON of a past age, to adore and in which to marvel in this Present time and to pass on to future ages are these two, 2 Centuries together and from the look of them, still very much dedicated to each other. With each of their fabulous original hand carved peg jointed wooden bodies, they are in exemplary condition after approximately 2 Centuries - 200 years of being treasured. They each are absolutely without ANY touch of repaint, repair, or restoration to features, bodies and to their clothing. He remains so similar to when he was new, Circa 1820. She, also Circa 1820, has more facial wear but is still in marvelous original condition for her age. Prime examples such as these are rare, Couples rarer still, and even more rarely are they offered on the open market.
Please note that they are only available as one purchase, They may be a Bridal Couple. Their Provenance will travel with them to their new Custodian. Please contact us if interested in
Layaway, as an extended one may be available. Please inquire for terms of layaway purchase. (Layaway is not available for Ruby Lane Red Tag sales.)
This approximately 15" Grodnertal Lady is among the rarely found puzzle pieces of early 19th C Middle Eastern Art depictions of facially featured Women and the Cultural History of Women's Studies, in her many layers of authentic and antique garments in her original ensemble, including her original headgear consisting of a turban with attached Tantoor, mysterious and ICONIC Echoes of a Time Past, that has in modern times come back once again....Echoes... Treasured in a private family collection, by generations of noteworthiness, she has been gently and respectfully treated, recognized for the ICON that she is, touched not by rough hands of time, but in each Age, valued and passed down to the next, a veritable Echo that fades not into the sands of Time.
Possessed of a superbly gessoed and painted hand carved wooden head, the Doll has gorgeously rendered decorative swirls of hair framing her face, sensitive and delicate painting of her blushed cheeks, sweetly painted sweeps of upper eye lashes, single stroke brows, blue eyes that hold a touch of mysterious expression, though they are wide open and innocent. Her coral 'heart' lips through which runs an accent line, are sweetly expressive as though she would whisper of Echoes of 2 centuries, and as well she has matching colored nose dots. There is absolutely NO touch up or repaint to ANY of this doll, not to facial features, nor other body parts. Her hand carved hands and feet are in exemplary condition. Her carefully hand carved jointed wooden body is in astounding "time travel condition", jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. Her joints are a tad tight and have probably rarely moved in her existence. We respect that and have moved them as little as possible.
Her beautifully detailed and completely un-retouched original Ethnic Middle Eastern costume creates not only a striking silhouette, with Echoes of the horned hennin headgear that Medieval ladies wore in their castles in Europe and England . Ironically, this style of head wear probably came back to the West with those returning from the Crusades against the Muslims of the Middle East. Her turban is not easily removed and we have not attempted to pry it off, so we cannot verify that she has a Tuck Comb. Her lovely silhouette of long velvet tunic coat and flowing bloomers or pantaloons helps to illustrate the historical development of costume whereby the fashionably dressed European and American ladies of the same early 19th C period found their quite exotic design elements including their Empire waists, their turbans and their pantaloons, that ECHO the design elements of fashions of the Middle East of the early 19th C.
The Tantour /Tantoor / Tantur headdress was a form of cone-shaped married woman's headdress similar to the hennin, popular among the Druze who brought it to the Levant, where it was a fashionable and traditional headpiece during the 17th through 19th century. It was seldom seen after the mid-Century of about 1850. Among the Druze in Lebanon, the tradition persisted somewhat longer and the tantoor was a customary gift presented to the bride by her husband on their wedding day. The head-piece is called a Tantoor, and an early 19th C quote ( 1839) notes that " it is almost precisely like those tin horns, which are often used by hunters to call their dogs." The Tantoor was originally worm somewhat forward, sometimes with a veil over or wrapped round it.
Marks: No marks, on either doll, as is typical. Provenance information will be included with their sale to their next Custodian.
WOMAN DOLL: She is possibly a Druze woman of the early First Quarter of the 19th C., from Palestine, The Holy Land. The Druze follow an interesting ancient Monotheistic religion.
The woman doll is approx. 17" tall from the bottom of her feet to the top of her tantoor headpiece. She is approx. 4" across from hand to hand.
Her clothes appear to be in good condition (considering their age). No immediately visible holes, but the front of the skirt is melting, stained or soiled, (again based on age they are in my opinion excellent. She has a velvet robe (showing some wear spots), the rest of her clothes are of cloth possibly silk and linen materials.
Her face has some cracks and integral wear, but is still entirely original.
TALL MAN DOLL: He is possibly a Druze man from Palestine, The Holy Land, early First Quarter of the 19th C. The Druze follow an interesting ancient Monotheistic religion.
He stands approximately 15" tall and is approximately 6" from hand to hand. He is very substantial and heavy, when held in hand. He wears a velvet coat that is not missing much nap, but does have some very small nips or moth holes. His bloomers or pantaloons. coat and turban are complete, and the pompoms on the Man which appear to be used as closures or buttons match those on the Woman. They also share some of the same garment material, notably the early yellow calico..Undoubtedly they have always been together and are Husband and Wife. The pantaloons have scattered very small nips also, but not as many as are in the coat.
His hand painted face is in excellent condition with his marvelous mustache. His ear tips are modeled away from his head, a very rare occurrence on this rarest of dolls. He has very few cracks, and very little wear on the doll.
Condition: His is Completely marvelous original finish condition. Superb for age. Hers does show some wear in the face, but completely original and the majority is intact.
The original layers of clothing are in very good to excellent condition, with noted exceptions, as above. They retain astonishing bright colors and textures. Both have Wooden heads : Excellent condition, Man, very good, Woman. Each head is hand carved as one piece with the torso. Hand carved and jointed at shoulder and elbows at arms and hips and knees at legs, excellent. Their clothing is all hand sewn, no machine stitching whatsoever of course, and the prints are hand printed. Some of the material may also be handwoven, and of course, any embroidery is completely by hand.
The Man's sleeves have intriguing embroidered writing, possibly in Arabic. If anyone an translate, we would be so interested to learn what message is quoted.
This is a Pair of Museum Quality dolls in exemplary condition with fascinating original costumes. Please consider these doll treasures carefully If you are one who collects the penultimate best, the earliest of the early, among the rarest of the rare. These dolls are a Pair of those rare and beautiful, elaborately painted Grodnertals that brings tears to the eyes of a dedicated collector or lover of fine antique art. They may be your best option to acquire this fine and rare Pair
For that uncommon collector who pines for sublime rarity and excellence in doll and antique investments, an opportunity to purchase even one doll of this fineness rarely occurs, we offer the culmination of the penultimate, the possibility to acquire this pair of the Middle Eastern Tuck Comb Grodnertal Dolls passed down from an early 19th Century. Please see the last photo showing the 3rd doll, now sold that made up this collection.
We will take other photos as requested. However, the dolls will not be undressed. Please contact us if other photos will assist you. No photos are enhanced. Photos are taken during daylight hours in natural light only. Some photos may be slightly cropped to remove unnecessary space. We will provide specific photos, upon request.
An extended Layaway is available for this Pair of dolls for full purchase price; please contact regarding exact terms under which this is applicable. They will be sent double boxed. From a non-smoking environment.
Please understand that Due to their value and price, they may not be available to purchasers from some countries for which USPS does not provide signature confirmation, tracking, and full insurance coverage.
These dolls must be shipped via USPS Priority One Day Express as individual dolls rather than as one pair, due to insurance constraints. For ease of payment. the quoted shipping costs appear for both boxes together - but two separate boxes must be sent.
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Rare 1820 Tuck Comb Grodnertal Wooden Doll PAIR * All Original * Museum Quality * Extended Layaway Available