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16" Kammer & Reinhardt 100 So-Called "Kaiser Baby" Bisque Doll in RARE Black Version
The Kammer & Reinhardt 100 doll is heralded as the first character doll ushering in the German and later French character doll era circa 1910 through the 1930s. Representing one of most notable of the earliest character dolls, the Kammer & Reinhardt 100, or "Kaiser" baby, is a unique find for the sophisticated collector. It is said that this baby was modeled after the likeness of Wilhelm II, Kaiser (or emperor) of Germany, who lived from 1859-1941. This K&R model 100 is one of the first character dolls to be designed by two of the larger doll manufacturers in Germany, Simon & Halbig in collaboration with Kammer & Reinhardt. These characters were a direct reaction to the huge popularity of the original character dolls produced by Marion Kaulitz and exhibited in 1908 at a Munich art fair. Kaulitz's dolls were made of composition with molded and painted features and intaglio eyes. What made them so outstanding was the fact that they represented children with realistic expressions, like sadness or laughter, as opposed to the common dolls with pretty, but blank expressions. Marion Kaulitz dolls had personality and were, in essence, small portraits of real children displaying real emotions. This was considered a revolution and soon afterwards, many established doll producers decided to try their hand at producing interesting characters. This also introduced the production of realistic babies with bodies that were more baby-like. This Brown version of the 100 mold is rare and unique and he will certainly add value and interest to any doll collection! Deep wrinkles, uncommon expressions both lend themselves to making a face that carries real personality, to make it stand out from the other dolls in the collection. He's even available on a layaway, so you can take your time to pay!
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He has a lovely brown tinted fired-in bisque dome head, with a 10.5” circumference, and a wonderfully modeled expression, lending itself to a distinctive character face, unique to the Kaiser baby, with realistic wrinkles. Brush-stroked black hair; molded and painted brown eyes, tapered black brows, while his open-closed mouth is deeply modeled with bright red painted lips on an open/closed mouth, surrounded by two full cheeks. He is on his original five-piece composition baby body in original brown paint an he stands at 16" tall.
He wears a cute boy's costume consisting of a navy blue corduroy jumper with brass buttons, an antique white pique shirt with lace trim, a red bow tie and the cutest, red white and blue striped socks with writing. He is finished off with a jaunty little red cap and pompom. I just want to pinch his fat cheeks--he is so cute!
Marks: 36 K & R 100
Condition: Excellent. The bisque head is free of hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration. The brown tinted bisque in in excellent condition with even tone and no wear to the lips. The modeling is deep and crisp and the features are painted with an expert hand. The body is great too, with the gorgeous all-original brown finish, and tight stringing. One teeny white flake is seen on the forehead but other than that, the bisque is perfect. The original body with original body finish is clean and sturdy but is showing some sufface crazing. Overall, this is an outstanding and RARE doll!.
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