Gorgeous Antique china faintly pink tint shoulder-head lady doll, with long face, approximately 21" tall, with RARE hair-do to find in. China (with the molded black "pearls"), brush strokes at temples, chignon, molded black pearls, and 3 sew holes each, front and back. She is regal and beautiful!
Some paint rubs to black hair have been touched up, but there were only paint rubs, no chips, or cracks in hair. A photo showing some touch ups was enhanced so you can better see them. Not noticeable when tnis beauty is in Hand.
The dramatic black hair style is elaborate with waves, curls, tendrils, a low chignon with molded black painted pearls and inverted half moon comb or band above and into the low chignon; all of which indicates the 1860s to early 1870s. late 1860s to 1870s. She also has the painted brush strokes indicating individual hairs at her temples, a lovely, and elegant feature.
She does have a faint very old hairline in her shoulder right front, that is present but not overly noticeable. It cannot be felt, and might be able to be bleached out. ( I haven't even washed it to try to clean it) It may have been present since her manufacture. She has no chips, no actual open cracks and no repairs to her shoulderhead other than to carefully cover some of the black hair rubs. Her Lovely Lady long face is quite elegant, beautiful and mature. She has blue painted eyes, with red eye lines above, red eye dots, red nostril lines, delicate rosy cheeks, and refined and dainty red lips.
She is, as is usual, unmarked. Several 19th Century German companies used this mold, including Kestner and Conte Boehme.
Her arms and legs are porcelain China with her high heeled boots having burnt orange tassel trim. The limbs are in good condition, but they may be replacements from about 70 to 80 years ago. I'm just not sure.
Her cotton, stuffed Body seems to be in good condition. Her elaborate ball gown- or wedding gown- is sewn on, so she has not been undressed.
Collectors have said of her that she is the image of Empress Elisabeth of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, as posed in her famous portrait by Winterhalter, and with her elegantly refined long regal face of great beauty, masses of elaborately molded dark hair and the gown all in creamy white with hand beaded pearls, laces and flowers so faultlessly elegant and voluminously feminine, it would be hard to say she looked like any other personage. Her portrait by Wintethalter certainly bears a resemblance to this queenly doll head as well as to her frothy costume.
Her gorgeous ball gown - or wedding gown- of beautiful cream lace appliquéd onto netting over cream silk, is adorned with seed pearl hand beading, teeny pink rosebuds and other miniature flowers and yards of fabulously gathered netting ruffles, like clouds and has a train effect in the back. Her waist is accented by a beautiful silk satin ribbon trimmed with flowers and ending in the back in long streamers trimmed in gathered lace netting. Everything is frivolous and frothy and femininity personified. Underneath are layers of crinoline netting, with ribbons, then a taffeta Petticoat with ribbons, and then a lace trimmed Cotton Petticoat and then cotton pantaloons, with blue ribbons and lace trim.
She is Ready to proudly display in your doll cabinet as a Regal and Unforgettable Beauty !
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