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German Bisque Parian Lady Doll with Fancy Hairstyle and Decorated Shoulder Plate
This 16 inch doll with a 4 inch tall bisque shoulder head, circa the late 1860s, was manufactured in Germany most likely by the firm of Conta & Boehme. The shoulder head has a fancy hairstyle decorated with a black head band and several painted flowers. The lady has exposed ears and molded earrings. The shoulder plate is also decorated with a necklace and a cross pendent. The doll has an ecru polished cotton body jointed at the shoulders and hips. The porcelain lower arms and legs with flat bottom black painted shoes appear to be original to the doll. The elegant lady wears antique cotton lace trimmed underclothing and a two piece gown. The gown is older but not as old as the doll herself. There are no chips, cracks, or repairs to the shoulder head, arms, and legs of the doll. The cloth body is clean and sturdy. There are a few typical inherent black dots fired into the bisque of the head. This is an unusual mold that I have not seen before.
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