Large Pink-Tinted China Lady with Finely Sculpted face and Gorgeous Clothing. This stunning lady, with a covered wagon hairstyle, is a whopping 30 inches tall. Her beautiful serene face has heavy eyelids and lovely shaped mouth; her nose and philtrum are realistic. The facial painting exquisite and her coloring is very pleasing. She wears an antique lined paletot, a style of the late 1860's, that fits perfectly and was obviously made for her. A combination of fabrics was used and the center quilted areas, likely originally silk, have more or less disintegrated, and the edge trimming from neck and pagoda sleeves is no longer present. The paisley wool is still vibrant and intact as is the striped lining. She wears a wonderful toy watch on a brass chain. Underneath is a velvet skirt trimmed with an elaborate pattern of soutache. The skirt is sewn on over the undergarments, and that is why I am not able to undress her. She wears a blouse, a flannel petticoat and another petticoat trimmed with lace flounces and ribbon. Her knickers are simple, but of an unusual woven pattern. All underclothing was made at a later time: I am not sure about the skirt.
This may well be her original body, of pink cotton twill, and the head was at one time removed to replace the upper arm fabric and then re-attached. Possibly, the body is an old replacement. As far as I can see, the body is in fine condition. Her knees have patches: all repairs are professionally done and some time ago. Her lower arms are lovely and seem to be bisque; there is a fine crazing to the surface of them as in old ceramics and china, and are otherwise in perfect condition. Her head has some scratches to the black and wear to the back curls. A factory glaze miss on right front hair, barely visible. Her black socks are fine, her shoes, which are wonderful, are disintegrating on the soles. This lady is quite heavy and I recommend her being seated rather than on a stand. She is simply spectacular.