This vintage pendant necklace features a hand-painted Kewpie baby on porcelain. The Kewpie is framed in gold-tone metal and hangs from a nice gold-tone link chain. This necklace was painted circa 1980 as an homage to Rose O'Neill who first created the popular comic strip characters KEWPIES in 1909.
O'Neill (1874 – 1944) was an American cartoonist, illustrator, artist, and writer. She was the first published female cartoonist in the United States. She sought a career as an illustrator in New York City at age fifteen. Her Kewpie cartoons made their debut in a 1909 issue of Ladies' Home Journal and were later manufactured as bisque dolls in 1912 by J. D. Kestner, a German toy company, followed by composition and celluloid versions. The dolls were wildly popular in the early 20th century, and are considered to be one of the first mass-marketed toys in the United States.
O'Neill also wrote several novels and books of poetry, and was active in the women's suffrage movement. She was for a time the highest-paid female illustrator in the world upon the success of the Kewpie dolls.
The pendant measures 7/8 by 1 1/4 inches. The chain is 18 inches with a secure spring ring clasp. Excellent vintage condition. The Kewpie art is adorable.. It's a well-done tribute piece to quite a gal.
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Vintage Hand-Painted KEWPIE Baby on Porcelain Pendant Necklace