An excellent doll for the collector interested in early Kestners with that most desirable pouting expression and on a Kestner body signed Excelsior. This beautiful girl is in wonderful, clean condition; free of hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration of any kind and on an antique Kestner body in original finish condition. She makes a darling presentation in her pink silk frock with cream lace trim with fancy flowered straw bonnet, her wonderful antique-style beige leather high lace-up boots, and her free flowing mohair wig! Don't hesitate to add this adorable cabinet ready pouty to your collection!
This beautiful German girl of the 1880s was produced by the German firm of J.D. Kestner, aka, " The King of Dollmakers," during the heyday of doll-making. The early closed mouth German Bebes were produced to compete with the French innovation of switching from adult looking dolls, like the French poupees to the new "au-courant" bebe dolls. The German doll producers were competing in the world marketplace for a cut of the growing doll demand developing in the rapidly industrializing countries. 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 local and International market (ie--the American 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.
With the test of time we see now that the German dolls of this period had sturdier bodies than did the French dolls. So, if you are looking for a beautiful antique bebe doll that won't have the body issues that so many of the French bebe dolls have, this is a doll that will probably withstand another 140 years of wear. This lovely Kestner pouty was one of the popular German bebes that stole the hearts of many doll buyers of the day. And I must confess, that she has stolen mine as well. Today, these German bebes are highly prized for their beautiful bisque heads, exquisite expressions and wonderfully crafted sturdy bodies! And priced at a fraction of the cost of a French bebe of the same period, it's no wonder that so many collectors of today seek out the Kestner pouty bebes like this one!
And she is also available on layaway if you need more time to pay for her. She is definitely worth the wait.
She has a perfect bisque socket head on a fully jointed Kestner composition and wood body signed EXCELSIOR, probably a transitional body as it has the typical dimpled knees and thighs of the later Kestner bodies but the straight wrist of the earlier bodies . Beautiful original brown sleep eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, stacked flat brows, closed mouth with shading and accents, light blond mohair wig.
Dressed in a beautiful antique-style bebe frock made of pale pink silk with cream lace edging, dropped waist, ruffled skirt, pretty bow at the front , antique underwear including cream full slip with lace trim, antique white cotton pantaloons, antique black stockings and reproduction black and brown leather shoes with buckles. On her head is a lovely antique be-flowered straw bonnet. Such a delightful presentation for this sad girl!
MARKS: 7 (incised) on rear upper crown rim
CONDITION: EXCELLENT! Wonderful finest quality Kestner bisque with delicately painted features, well modeled face with desirable closed, pouting mouth and lovely original brown sleep eyes. The body is in fine original condition with very minor wear. A very sweet closed-mouth Kestner! A real darling in the perfect cabinet size with the sweetest pouting expression! A SUPER DOLL! !
Note: The last photo shows this Kestner standing next to another sweet closed mouth German Belton-type doll of the same period that we currently are listing for sale.
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