Maude Witherspoon folk art black cloth doll with oil painted face circa 1890-1900. This 14 inch cloth doll is in her original clothes and has a beautifully painted face. Maude Witherspoon was born in 1875 and made these dolls while living in New Orleans. Her face is oil painted and is very detailed. A few whisps of hair can be seen peeking out from her attached bonnet. She has gold earrings.
Her body is well made, intact and firmly stuffed. Her hands have individually stitched fingers with detached thumbs as is typical for these dolls. Her feet have brown painted slippers and her legs are made of a charming plaid fabric. Maude Witherspoon dolls have painted slippers. She has white underwear. She wears a checked homespun dress with a white shawl, which crosses over her chest and a white apron, which ties in back. She is in excellent condition. The only condition issues to note are with her white shawl and apron. The white shawl has a slight tan stain in back with a pinhole prick to fabric. The white shawl also has a brown discoloration which is hidden by her apron. Her apron has a few pinpricks and an old patch. These dolls are quite uncommon and hard to find.
I did not undress this doll.
Size: 14 inches
Condition: Excellent overall condition with wonderful intact facial painting with minimal loss, Sturdy intact body. Excellent dress and bonnet. Some damage to white shawl and apron. The white shawl has a slight tan stain in back with a pinhole to fabric. It also has a brown discoloration which is hidden by apron. Her apron has a few pinpricks and an old patch
Reference: Spring 2017 Doll News. I will include the article with the doll.
Maude Witherspoon Folk Art Black Cloth Doll with Oil Painted Face Circa 1900