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Extremely Rare 15" German Black Papier Mache Doll with Glass Eyes All Original
Calling all rare papier mache enthusiast, black doll collectors, and museum owners! This captivating black child doll has got to be on my top ten favorite list of child dolls that we have been able to offer this year. I will admit, I've been holding onto her for a few months, debating whether I can part with her, but I think it is time that she find her new home. What can I say? She is very charming with her toothy smile and large dark eyes. Holding her own little black doll, this girl is ready to play and be loved. Grab her up before she is gone, because a doll this rare just won't be here long.
~Our sweet papier mache girl is available on layaway! Take up to 6 months to pay for her. Just let us know at checkout, or you can give us a call at 718.859.0901~
Papier mache shoulder-head on her original cloth body with papier mache arms and lower legs. Lovely early black glass eyes, open/closed smiling mouth with a wide toothy grin, original black kinky mohair wig is glued on. She is dressed in her original cream and black striped factory chemise with rose lace trim, antique silk apron with horizontal striped ribbon pattern in banana yellow, black, red and orange alternating stripe all hand stitched together, black woolen knit stockings and antique black paper shoes with metal buckles, antique straw hat with orange band. She also comes with a cute antique black folk doll made from cotton knit. The presentation is perfectly colored and undoubtedly striking, the contrast with her face is simply engrossing.
CONDITION: Very good considering her age and the fragility of her materials. There is overall crazing to the facial area and some roughness and lifting of the paint around the sides of her head where flaking is beginning to occur. The original black cloth body is in sturdy condition. This rare doll would be a wonderful addition to any collection, or setting of early black art pieces- it is simply a museum example that can be proudly displayed as an extremely singular black child doll. We adore her because she is clearly a very important piece of doll and anthropological history, showcasing the stylization of black culture and African features in late Victorian Germany. She is a very special piece for the collector of these rare and lovable dark pallor dolls. I almost kept her, but I thought she would be much happier in the collection of someone who wishes to research her history, and give her the seat of honor she deserves!
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