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Early German Bisque Seated Snow Baby
This chubby child is known as a snow baby, as his hooded snowsuit is covered in “snow,” pieces of finely ground white bisque. First made in Germany in the 1910s, snow babies were used to decorate Christmas scenes or holiday tables. This frosty fellow is an earlier snow baby because of the finer painting of his face and the fact that his features are fired in. Later snow babies, produced after WWI, typically had cold-painted coloring, which wore or washed off over the years. His out-stretched hands are covered in molded mittens and he has painted tan shoes. This tiny tyke is about 1.75 inches tall and 2 inches wide. He is of excellent sharp bisque. There are no breaks or repairs. Underneath he is slightly discolored, as if he had been glued to a base at some point, and there is a blurred ink stamp that may read “Germany.” As is typical of these little novelties, the “snow” did not adhere evenly, and upon close inspection there are scattered small bare patches, such as at his right knee or left ankle. However, because the underlying bisque is also white, these factory flaws are not noticeable when he is displayed.
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