In the late 1800s in Europe and the US there was much interest in the people and customs of the Far East. Simon & Halbig of Germany produced several "Oriental" doll molds to represent the Asian populations and introduce them to children who did not necessarily have access to long distance travel. In those days, information was not as readily available as today with the advent of the Internet. So people relied on books, newspapers and obtained most of their information on the foreign cultures from periodicals like "The Youth's Companion" and "Harper's Bazaar." This absolutely lovely doll by Simon & Halbig is one such ambassador. And though she did not come directly from Japan, she certainly captures the essence and sensibility of an exotic culture as experienced by the Western World. Even today, unless you seek out the information you may find yourself missing out! Did you know the red circle on the Japanese flag is representative of the sun? This girl is dressed for the winter months, in a (recently made from antique fabrics) heavy brocade kimono and representing the "Land of the Rising Sun" in style with her fabulous red accents. The 1199 is the most deeply molded of the oriental molds put out by Simon and Halbig, having the most elongated eye cuts, resulting in a truly adorable and engaging presentation. The other molds for Asian features by Simon and Halbig are the more common 1329, the rare 1129, and the super rare 1099. In my opinion, this is the best of the four different Oriental molds.
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Intended to represent a Japanese child, her amber tinted bisque socket head is on her fully jointed composition body with tinted amber finish to match her bisque. Her smooth bisque complements her skillfully painted features. Molded and feathered black brows perch above her dark chocolaty glass sleep eyes with painted upper and lower lashes around elongated eye cuts which slant somewhat upward. Her open mouth is painted a lovely peachy pink. She has pierced ears with red cut glass bead earrings. Her original black mohair wig is styled up in a bun and adorned with antique silk flowers and metallic tassels.
She wears a costume made of antique silk brocade partially lined in red silk. A matching red silk scarf keeps her modest and warm. Underneath she wears a cream cotton onesie, and completing her costume are black socks and black shoes.
Marks: SH 1199 / Germany / DEP / 7
Condition: Excellent. Her head is free of hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration. She has very nice modeling representing a Japanese child with expert painting of features, subtle colors and smooth surfaces. She has the tiniest rub on her left cheek, hardly worth mentioning. Her original body retains most of its original finish, but some areas have been professionally restored. There has been repair and repaint around the neck socket of the body, the right upper arm and the middle finger of the right hand. There is a very slight chip of her left pinky missing. Her costume is in great condition and is closed with pins. Inspect the photos closely. This is a desirable and rarer mold so with presentation like this, I’m sure to mark her sale pending soon! LBA 3/12/18
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18.5” Simon & Halbig 1199 Oriental Character Child Doll ~Desirable Deep Molding~