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RARE German Boudoir Half Doll "Irene" by Lilli Baitz
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This rare, vintage, half doll with flaming red hair, sultry brown eyes, ruby red, lips and deep dimples was made by R&L Baitz; a prestigious manufacturer working in Berlin Germany prewar. On her back is inscribed Baitz as well as her name, Irene. She stands from the top of her stylish chignon to her round, cork base, 5.5 inches. Irene her arms/fingers are in excellent condition with no chips, scrapes, cracks or breaks.
Lilli Baitz was a talented sculptor who produced the only known look-alike doll of actress Mary Pickford. Lilli and her husband, Roman Baitz started their arts and crafts business together in 1909 and by 1914 were creating dolls. Roman Baitz died earlier than his wife who continued to run the business. In 1938 the Baitz business and property was confiscated during World War II and sadly, in 1942 Lilli Baitz committed suicide to escape capture. More detailed information about Lilli Baitz, her dolls and company can be found in the books, "The Half Doll" Vol. 1 and 6 by Shona & Marc Lorrin.
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