This beautiful German girl of the 1890s was produced by the German firm of J.D. Kestner, aka, " The King of Dollmakers," during the hayday of dollmaking. The closed mouth German Bebes were produced to compete with the French bebe dolls. This wonderful example Has a sweet pouting expression with huge watery blue sleep eyes and she is on a clean Kestner "Excelsior" body. Her dress is perfectly suited to her era and she is simply in superb condition for a doll of more than 100 years old. Just wonderful!. The German doll producers were competing in the world marketplace for a cut of the growing doll demand developing in the rapidly industrializing countries. This Kestner represents the best of what they had to offer.
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.
She has a lovely poured bisque socket on a Kestner fully jointed composition body. Beautiful rich original blue sleep eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, original eye wax, multi stroke stacked light brows, closed mouth with shading and accents, lovely French Human hair wig.
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She is nicely dressed in a wonderful antique white cotton dress of her period with blue sash, lacy bib collar and lace around the cuffs, Lacy openwork to the upper bodice and to the skirt, antique full slip and cream cotton pantaloons, cotton ribbed socks, reproduction brown leather Jumeau shoes with brown silk rosettes, a pretty straw hat with flowers on her head.
MARKS : L made in 15 Germany
CONDITION: Excellent. Beautiful glowing bisque with pleasant color, finely painted features, well modeled face with somewhat smiling expression and gorgeous watery blue original sleep eyes. The Kestner Excelsior body in good original finish condition with minor left buttock and the right shoulder. What a lovely child stepping out of the Victorian era in her crispy white antique dress!
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