The German firm of Bahr & Proschild is a highly underrated doll manufacturer from the late 19th century. Not at all as prolific in the volume of dolls they produced as compared to Simon & Halbig or Kestner, this firm nevertheless excelled in producing high quality dolls of superior craftsmanship. The pinnacle of their doll production was with the bisque heads of the 200 series dolls, the most popular of which were the 224 molds. However B & P made many other 200 series molds that are not frequently found and some of which are quite rare indeed. In my years of dealing in antique dolls, I had the privilege of knowing the foremost collector of B & P dolls who only sought the very best and rarest dolls from this firm.
Indeed, she was working on writing a book about the Bahr & Proschild 200 series dolls. Sadly, she was not able to realize this dream. I now have the honor of offering this very rare 247 B & P doll from her personal collection. I can say with great confidence that she would have valued this doll at $2500. I will be offering many more of her dolls as well, but note that once they are sold, there will be very few more found in the market. She spent the better part of the last quarter of a century amassing this collection and so many of these dolls are so very rare, but as the book was never written, we do not know how rare they are.
This is such a lovely Bahr & Proschild 247 and certainly one of the rarer ones in her collection. She has a delightful expression and she is costumed beautifully in a “schoolgirl” cotton plaid antique (possibly original) dress with lace trim and antique full slip with insertion lace, cotton pantaloons, knit cream socks and antique red cloth shoes. Her original wig is a long brown hand-tied human hair wig. It would certainly be hard for any doll lover to pass up this precious sweetheart. If you really seek out exquisite, antique dolls in excellent condition, put this girl as the highest priority on your list because a gem like this will not be here long. Not to mention, this is one of those dolls that will hold her resale value, and even go up as time goes on because she is beautiful and rare! What more could we ask for?
She has a lovely bisque socket head on a fully jointed Sonneberg composition and wood body with straight wrists. Original light blue fixed eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroke stacked brows, open mouth with four upper teeth, pierced ears, and dimpled chin.
MARKS: 247 / dep.
CONDITION: Excellent. Perfect and lovely pale, glowing bisque with expert decoration of features as well as very crisp modeling of her very sweet face distinguished by her expressive mouth and dimpled chin. The earlier original Sonneberg body in good, original finish, condition with minor and typical age wear and retouch where flaking of the paint surface has occurred. A really lovely doll most likely produced for the French and American market—just one look at her adorable face and you will be delighted!
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