The elegance of the china doll bears an unmistakable allure. This particular German lady from the Biedermeier period and in the "so- called" Biedermeier style stands at a petite 14” tall, the perfect cabinet size, with a finely-molded and painted china shoulder head, with blue painted eyes, all on an antique cloth body. She’s adorned in a beautiful royal blue cotton dress, with antique undergarments and an elegant vintage necklace. She’s in lovely overall condition, so jump at this chance to own an exquisite example of an antique china lady!
The Biedermeier era refers to the historical period between the years 1815 (Congress of Vienna) the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and 1848, the year of the European Revolutions. Although the term itself is a historical reference, it is currently used to denote the artistic styles that flourished and that marked a contrast with the Romantic era which preceded it mainly in the fields of literature, music, the visual arts and interior design. Biedermeier dolls generally take the form of china shoulder-heads which are bald, (sometimes with a black painted scull cap on the bald head and real hair wigs. They are generally on cloth bodies and sometimes have glass eyes. Often dating from the 1840s and generally produced in Germany, these dolls are not common and the larger ones command higher prices.
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She has a white china shoulder head, with molded and painted features and a bald white head. She has painted blue eyes, tapered brown brows, a closed mouth, and blushed cheeks over an overall pale white complexion. She wears a dark blond mohair wig in a lovely braided updo. She has an antique cloth body, with white bisque hands and molded china lower legs with molded and painted boots and stockings.
She wears an antique deep royal blue cotton dress, with white lace on the sleeves, collar, and shawl-like collarette. Underneath, she wears an antique white cotton full slip and a pair of antique white cotton pantaloons, with a faint floral print and lace trim. Around her neck is a lovely vintage bracelet, worn as a necklace, with faux pearls and a faceted blue heart-shaped charm. Her feet are molded into heeled shoes, painted brown, with white stockings and painted blue ribbons.
CONDITION: She has a very fine hairline on the back of her right shoulder (see photos). Otherwise, the china shoulder head has excellent molding and painting of the features. Her hands and feet are in excellent condition, with wonderful modeling and painting, and the most minor and expected age wear. The cloth body is an appropriate antique replacement, and has some patching on the upper legs. The costume is an antique period appropriate navy dress which fits her very well as though it were made for her, with minor and typical age wear. Overall, this is a lovely doll!
*Please note that the price shown for this doll was calculated by factoring in the doll’s condition carefully. The doll’s condition is described fully in the "Condition" paragraph above. Any damage or flaws are carefully evaluated as to the manner in which they may reduce the retail value of this item. Unless there is some major issue we overlooked in the condition report, we decline to entertain any proposals for price reductions due to a less than perfect condition report. Most dolls that are over 100 years old will have encountered issues over the years and perfection is rare when it comes to antiques.
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Charming 14” Biedermeier China Lady in Superb Antique Dress