German bisque sailor boy by Kling, 14 inches, wearing a mariner costume that is a delight. In minty condition, this young lad is very crisply modelled, and his hair is so well defined and curly, that he must have been one of the first to come out of the mold. I see no indication this boy was ever played with: his original body is pristine, and he is wearing a costume made with rare care and precision. His bisque is perfect, his facial painting is expressive. It appears that the artist's hand slipped while painting his eyelid line on his left, but this does not detract. He has lower arms of matching bisque, and they are funny little hands, don't you think? his lower legs are cloth, and his boots are wonderful, with working buttons and buttonholes; one is missing a heel.
His costume is impressive! First, his jacket with its sailor collar and brass beads. Short pants. Remove his jacket to find his undershirt is sewn in one with his pants, attached by hook and eye in back. Remove that to find an undershirt, finished with bias and long underpants! This fellow will be warm on the high seas, no doubt. Incised Germany/217/Kling bell/ 2.
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