The china doll represents a very special category of doll collecting; their refined faces, often stylized to resemble those of a young lady, makes them very distinct from the later child dolls of the German and French manufacturers. Simple yet elegant painting and modeling defines a certain age and historic period to these beauties, leaving their uniqueness often up to their style of hairdo and costume rather than their individual faces. This particular china lady stands at 17” tall, with a nicely-modeled china doll face, painted blue eyes, and china hands and feet with molded and painted boots. She is adorned in a lovely costume, the centerpiece of which is her salmon silk and Chantilly lace ensemble. She will make a fabulous addition to any collection for sure...
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She has a china shoulderhead, with black painted and molded curly hair, with hidden ears, painted blue eyes, black tapered brows, and a closed mouth with subtle blushing of the cheeks on a white face. She stands at 17” tall, on a cloth body, with china lower arms and feet, with flat-bottomed black painted boots with blue lace ribbon painted, and red laces.
She wears a salmon silk ensemble, with black Chantilly lace, while underneath goes a white cotton antique slip and a pair of matching pantaloons
CONDITION: Generally excellent; the china head is free of any hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration, with nice modeling and painting of features. She does have a moderate level of pepper spots to the plate in particular, and a few sparse ones on the face; these are inherent to the firing process, and are not uncommon in china dolls. The china arms appear to be more modern replacements, but are good, with no chips or any issues. The feet are good as well, although the left toe does have a chip to it -- the feet are antique and original. There are a few sparse rub spots in the black hair; these, too, are a rather common sight for china dolls. The cloth body has a few patchwork repairs and reinforcements, with some spotted soil wear and general age wear. The doll herself is very sturdy, and presents well; many of these age-related issues are rather commonplace, and are often expected with dolls over a 100 years old! The costume is fabulous, with the ensemble having only a minor level of wear; this is great, especially for a silk costume, which usually tend to degrade heavily over time. The antique black lace does have some wear and repair. Overall, while this beauty has a few minor issues, she presents very well. Such a demure young lady!
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Lovely 17” Antique China Lady Doll in Salmon Silk Ensemble & Black Chantilly Lace