This is a 12.5 inch hand carved wooden doll that was formerly in Aunt Len's Doll and Toy Museum in NYC. I'd almost say it was a folk art type of doll - one of a kind. Lenon Holder Hoyte had a vast and varied collection of dolls. She was a teacher in Bronx, NY. She operated her museum from 1970 to 1994. Sotheby's handled the auctioning of her dolls, and this was one of them.
I love the handmade, yet well constructed quality of this doll...even fingerprints in the paint before it dried. She is jointed at the hips, knees and shoulders and comes with two worn pieces of clothing and the special ribbon that Sotheby's had made for this auction. There is some definition to the carving with shapely arms, a slight suggestion of breasts and an indication of a spine in the back. She appears to have some type of hair at one time, now gone with some residual hair and glue left behind. I have the catalog and this doll was in a lot of several dolls so not much information there. She has her original finish with a repair on the knee joint of the left leg. Little carved heel boots and painted stocking on the lower legs. Just a sweet doll with a nice provenance. The chair is for display only and is not included with the doll. I can include the Sotheby's catalog which has some great doll pictured. I am in the process of downsizing and looking to find good new homes for some of my dolls and related items.
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Carved Wooden Doll with Clothing and Provenance - Lenon Hoyte Collection