Lovely antique bisque head doll, appraised for us as French and also so confirmed by original owner, unmarked, lovely turned head, center of body has been expertly redone with French kid leather, the feet need this to be done, see photos. She had lost her original wig when we bought her. We had the body re-done ourselves and supervised it to maintain the exact original shape of the original. She measures 18 and 1/2" tall. The bisque head and shoulder plate in very good condition, eyes in good condition, not sleep eyes. We bought this over 30 years ago from a doll collector and just never had the time to make her appropriate clothing, etc. We sold off all of our collection except this doll and one other many years ago, had to just keep this one to look at longer. Time for a new home. As to our claim it is a French doll, this is what the collector told us, and she was a huge collector with much knowledge. After I bought it, another person said they thought it was German. So we did research, and another collector , also quite the expert, found the exact doll in an old auction catalog as an unsigned doll of French origin. Now having listed it, a customer has told us it is German. Really wish I had made a copy of that auction catalog, it was before the day of home printers. So to me it is a French doll. But obviously there is a near exact doll made by Kestner of Germany. Another dealer collector says she has the same doll and it is German. Shame the doll can't talk. I do know for a fact the original body was French and original, as I am the one who saw it before I had it re-done with fine kid to the exact shape and measurements of the original. I also have seen photos of the German doll that is very close to this one, it did not have a French body and the head turn was slightly different. This is all we know. What I know for certain it is old and a beautiful doll.
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