Kestner's 143 model is a unique staple among antique dolls, marking one of the earliest examples of the "character" face, that soon took the antique doll world by storm. No longer limited to the traditional "dolly" faces of bisque head dolls, buyers and collectors eventually had access to a variety of unique and interesting faces from which to choose from, and all from a variety of firms. Yet, it is often said that it all started with Kestner's 143: those big chunky cheeks, those puckered lips with pinched corners, and that unusually-round face, all combine to make an instantly-recognizable doll. This particular girl has all of these features, along with an original finish body, standing at 13" tall, adorned in a lovely costume that will make you gasp with awe!
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Creamy and pale bisque socket head, with an open mouth with two upper teeth. Big blue glass sleep eyes. Painted upper and lower lashes. Painted feathered flyaway light brown brows. Blond mohair short wig in a curly style. She’s on her original antique wood & composition body, standing at 13” tall, with the mark on the back of the torso. Fully pose-able, with tight stringing.
She is adorned in a warm pink silk dress, with lace overlay and trim, with long sleeves. A matching bonnet with lots of lace sits atop her head, Underneath goes an antique white cotton half slip, chemise, and pantaloons, along with a pair of cream socks and burgundy top-quality leather shoes.
MARKS: made in B Germany 6 143 [incised, back of head]
GERMANY 0 [red stamp; back of torso]
CONDITION: Excellent. The bisque head is free of any hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration. Modeling is crisp and the painting is sharp and delicate, indicative of particular care by the manufacturers. The face is clean and has that unmistakable Kestner 143 expression. The glass eyes sleep well, and sit nicely in the head, with great pupil alignment. The original wood & composition body has its all original finish, with the original glossy varnish on top to give it a nice sheen. Tight stringing gives her nice pose-ability. Both middle fingers, and the right big toe, have been touched up. The costume is in great condition. Overall, this is a fantastic girl to add to the collection!
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