Large German porcelain half-doll ‘Fanny Elssler by Goebel 6.5” tall. This beautifully rendered nude lady has brown sculpted hair in topknot decorated with colorful flowers and beads, arms held away from body with daintily-posed fingers. She was made in Germany by the Goebel Company from their Historic Series. The doll was listed in their Historic Series as model 103 named “Fanny Elssler die Wiener Tanzerin, 1830” honoring the famed 19th century Viennese ballerina.
Franz Detleff Goebel and his son William Goebel founded their porcelain factory Wilhelmsfeld in 1876, located in Oeslau, Thuringia, German. By 1893 the company was owned solely by William which is when Goebel began producing fine bisque dolls of all kinds including half dolls. After 1900 Goebel began using the crown above the WG initials mark below.
Fanny Elssler was an Austrian ballerina 1810-1884 who was known for her point work and for introducing folk dance style into ballet. Her Paris Opera debut was 1834 and she toured the United States 1840-1842
This exquisite half-doll amazingly has no damage, including the flowers in her hair and her fingers. There is a small black speck on one arm, which occurred during manufacture.
She has several marks. There is an original sticker in front which says ‘Fanny Essler’ Wilhemsfeld. This paper label also contains the W G Crown mark. She also has an impressed W G Crown mark on the back of her base and finally she has an old red antique sticker on back. She has four sew holes. There is a small black speck on one arm, which occurred during manufacture.
Her large size, exquisite painting, marked by Goebel with her original sticker, arms away and historic personage really set this half-lady apart from the rest. A similar dressed 5” dressed doll sold for $900 at Theriaults. I can include this information in the sale.
She will be carefully packed and double boxed on shipping.
Date: Circa 1900
Marks: WG Crown mark, Wilhelmsfeld, and ‘Fanny Elssler’ on brown paper label on front. Impressed W G with Crown on back of base. Red artist signature on the inside of the piece.
Condition: Excellent with no signs of damage or repair. No damage to flowers in her hair or to her arms. She has one small speck on one arm which occurred during the manufacturing process.
German Porcelain Half-Doll ‘Fanny Elssler’ by Goebel 6.5”, Circa 1900