A spectacular pair of jointed, carved wooden Creche figures from the 1750's, this incredibly rare duo from my own collection are a museum quality find. (In fact, they still have museum accession numbers on them). Creche dolls were originally designed to represent the nativity scene of Christ -- the first dolls were made out of carved wood as these examples are, and later models can be seen out of terracotta and wax. They depicted the figures of Mary and Joseph, and their child, as well as occupational and costume oriented dolls. These figures could be seen decorating the homes of the religious, and even the interiors of churches. As the popularity of these dolls grew, demand called for a wider range of figures, depicting the various lifestyles of the people of the 1700s and 1800s. Dolls represented many walks of life, from peasants to royalty, each with their own distinctive looks. This particular pair depicts a man and his wife, in ornamental clothing, suggesting a nobility or upper-class couple. They each have expressive faces, and exquisite little details that will keep the surprises coming. In excellent condition, these two exhibit an intriguing part of early doll history, and are an excellent way in which to expand the scope of your doll collection.
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The male doll has a carved wooden head and body, with a draping dark mustache, and dark hair and jointing at the hips, knees, and elbows (very rare). He is adorned in a lovely original costume, denoting a high status: a cotton pale lavender shirt with dark pattern, and lace trim, with a dark silk cape atop with a thin cream interior lining, and golden trim. A pale pink skirt adorns his legs, and underneath is a piece of original antique newspaper. His feet don't match, suggesting a replication of a man with a club foot -- it should be remembered that these dolls were designed to replicate all styles of life, and all types of people, with a basis in reality. His left foot is raised upon a pedestal atop the base stand. He stands at 14" tall. The woman stands only slightly shorter at 13.75" tall, with a carved wooden face and dark wrap around the head. A lace collar adorns her neck, and a black lace-trimmed capelet lays atop her shoulders. A pale lavender silk dress adorns her body, with golden trimming. Under her dress is antique paper with hand writing on the reverse much like the writing in illuminated manuscripts. Her feet are carved into red shoes, atop her wooden base. What incredible history this pair possess.
CONDITION: These dolls are in very good condition, considering their age. The carved wood has retained the painting and the facial features, with only slight and expected wear such as minor flaking. The costumes have held up well, with only slight discoloration and overall age wear. The man is missing his left pinky... But overall, this pair is excellent. Please feel free to call us to get a more detailed in-hand description!
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