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Very Sought-After and desirable 14.5” Closed Mouth Kestner with A.T. Face and Luxurious Bebe Frock
This beautiful German girl of the 1880s was produced by the German firm of J.D. Kestner, aka, " The King of Dollmakers," during the hayday of dollmaking. The early closed mouth German Bebes were produced to compete with the French innovation of switching from adult looking dolls, like the French poupees to the new "In-Vogue" bebe dolls. This wonderful example resembles the very rare A. Thuiller French bebe of the same era intentionally made to compete with the French manufacturer for the French trade. This is one of the most sought after and desirable Kestner models! The German doll producers were competing in the world marketplace for a cut of the growing doll demand developing in the rapidly industrializing countries.
Many of the dolls were produced for the French and American trade. Being the fierce competitors that they were, the German's effectively undercut the French producers by making dolls of comparable value to the French dolls and with comparable appeal to the buyers, but producing them at a much lower cost thereby taking a significant cut of the market. Eventually they toppled the French market by 1899 when most of the French doll producers had to consolidate into the SFBJ in order to remain viable. Lovely poured bisque socket on a Kestner fully jointed composition body. Beautiful rich brown fixed eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroke stacked light brows, closed mouth with shading and accents, lovely original blond mohair wig.
~Mademoiselle is available on layaway! Take up to 10 months to pay for this outstanding petite girl. Feel free to give our office a call any time at 718.859.0901 to discuss layaway terms, or just send us a note at checkout.~ Would you like more photographs before making your decision about this outstanding doll? Just let us know! We are happy to provide them!
She is nicely dressed in a wonderful antique-style burgundy silk and lace frock dress with self ruffles and cream lace trim, mauve front panel, large matching bebe bonnet bedecked with flowers and bows and finished with a ruffled lace edge, wide mauve sash ties into a pretty bow in the back, antique half slip, antique pantaloons with lace edge, antique ecru net socks and antique style beige leather shoes.
MARKS : 6
CONDITION: Excellent. Beautiful glowing bisque with pleasant color, finely painted features, well modeled face with somewhat smiling expression resembles the French AT French Bebe dolls. The Kesnter body in good original finish condition with repairs to the right foot and right hand. What a precious little cherub! She is sure to capture your fancy with her stunning silk costume and mysterious smile!
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