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 chocolaty brown sleep eyes and she is on a clean Kestner signed "GERMANY" body. Her dress is perfectly suited to her era and possibly original to her. The detailed piping and hand embroidered skirt is typical of handcrafts of this period. 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 brown sleep eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroke stacked dark brows, closed mouth with shading and accents, lovely blond mohair wig in golden multitudinous curls.
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She is nicely dressed in a wonderful antique pale lavender organdy dress which is possibly original, a pink sash and matching hair bows, matching antique full slip with two tiers of ruffles on the slip with lace edging, and antique white cotton pantaloons with lace trim, antique cotton knit socks, antique beige leather doll shoes. Just a superb presentation!
MARKS : made in Germany 12
CONDITION: Excellent. Beautiful glowing bisque with pleasant color, finely painted features, well modeled face with somewhat pouting expression and gorgeous original sleep eyes. The Kestner signed GERMANY body in shiny original finish condition with only very minor and typical age wear. What a lovely child stepping out of the Victorian era in her pale lilac antique dress!
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21” Kestner Closed Mouth Pouty Doll circa 1890 in Antique Dress -- Excellent Condition!