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Rare Early 17" Closed Mouth Kestner Fashion Lady Doll
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Particularly precious and absolutely darling, this girl is a wonderful example of the German "Fashion Lady." Created as an answer to the famous French Fashion Ladies, the German fashion dolls were produced by generally by Kestner, Simon and Halbig, and the many companies that created China and Parian ladies with slender bodies and WASP measurements. The success of the German Fashion Doll never reached the peak of the Poupee Peau, but the artisans who worked on them certainly did manage to craft a beautiful selection of girls, prized for their larger faces and more life like proportions than their French counterparts. That said, the build of the of the German fashion ladies from the 1890's (like this girl) was different from the French models in that the bodies were more posable, with more gussets and smaller bisque hands, allowing for greater movement, and less constricting dresses. I adore this Kestner model, as she sports a lovely day dress and has the spiraled blue eyes of an angel. She is a favorite of mine, and I KNOW her new owner will absolutely be enthralled with that face. Who can say no to so precious a piece of history?
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Bisque socket head on a bisque shoulder plate on a high quality sawdust stuffed kidskin body with bisque lower arms and gusseted joints. Lovely icy blue sleep eyes with radiating lines, painted upper and lower lashes, delicate, light stacked brows, closed pouting mouth, lovely strawberry blond mohair wig. Dressed in pretty original antique cream cotton dress with pale pink stripes and tiny green accent print having a natural slender waist with slightly blouson bodice, antique half slip of cream cotton with lace trim, white cotton pantaloons with lace trim and tucks, cream oilcloth shoes lacing up the front, a sweet vintage straw bonnet with ruffled antique lace on the inside brim. A darling presentation for this sweet cabinet sized fashion lady made for the French and American trade!
MARKS : 6
CONDITION : Lovely and flawless pale bisque with expert decoration of features, crisp modeling of sweet pouting face, gentle and subtle color. Beautifully modeled cupped bisque hands in fine condition. The original body in very good, sturdy condition with some settling of the sawdust stuffing and the waist having been cinched with a cord, perhaps to fit into a tighter dress at some point). Just a marvelous little fashion poupee with no excuses and a sweet and tender demeanor.
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