The china doll represents a very special category of doll collecting; their refined faces, often stylized to resemble those of a young lady, makes them very distinct from the later child dolls of the German and French manufacturers. Simple yet elegant painting and modeling defines a certain age and historic period to these beauties, leaving their uniqueness often up to their style of hairdo and costume rather than their individual faces. This particular china lady stands at 19” tall, with a nicely-modeled china doll face, painted blue eyes, and china hands and feet with molded and painted heeled boots. She is adorned in a lovely white dress, and comes with her original dress of green wool and checked silk. She will make a fabulous addition to any collection for sure!
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She has a white china shoulder head, with black painted and molded curly flat-top hair with hidden ears, painted blue eyes, black tapered brows, and a closed mouth. She stands at 19” tall on a cloth body, with china lower arms and molded feet.
She wears a simple white cotton dress with a ruffled hem and collar and a black velvet sash. She also comes with her original dress, made of black and white checked silk, with a green wool hem, collar, sleeve cuffs, and a placket down the front with checked silk covered buttons. The dress also features black lace on the sleeves and a brown glazed cotton lining. Underneath, she wears a white cotton underwear set of a chemise, half slip with inset lace, tucks, and lace trim, and pantaloons with tucks and lace trim. Her china feet are molded into heeled black boots, with molded buttons on the side, beige soles, and blue ribbons on the stockings.
MARKS: 6 [incised, back of plate]
CONDITION: Generally excellent; the china head is free of any hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration, with nice modeling and painting of features. She does have some minor peppering and inherent marks. The china arms and feet are in great condition, with a minor flake to the fingers of the right hand and some inherent marks on all limbs. There are a few sparse rub spots in the black hair and on her cheek; these, too, are a rather common sight for china dolls. The antique cloth body has a few patchwork repairs and reinforcements, with some spotted soil wear and general age wear. The doll herself is very sturdy, and presents well. The costume is in excellent condition, though the underwear does not fit properly. The original dress has some age-related wear, especially to the silk; some buttons have lost their facing. Overall, while this beauty has a few minor issues, she presents very well. Such a demure young lady!
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Lovely 19” China Shoulder Head Doll with Original Dress