Original German-made Bisque Kewpie Doll Circa 1912 Signed by O'Neill
Originally conceived as comic strip characters by cartoonist Rose O'Neill, the characters were first produced as bisque dolls in Waltershausen, Germany in 1912. Kewpie dolls were initially exclusively made out of bisque, but composition versions were introduced in the 1920s, and celluloid versions were manufactured in the following decades. In 1949, Effanbee created the first hard plastic versions of the dolls, and soft rubber and vinyl versions were produced by Cameo Co. and Jesco between the 1960s and 1990s.
This is a wonderful example of the widely sought-after original Kewpie, hand-signed by O'Neill on the bottom of the feet. The original heart sticker on the front says Kewpie & Germany (faded). Kewpie has blue wings, side glancing eyes, a top knot & is 5 inches tall, with jointed arms. Overall, Kewpie is in great condition considering the age! However, there is minor discoloration of the bisque and a teeny scrape at the right hip w/ a faint hairline (not an open crack). These imperfections are reflected in the price.