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This fabulous flapper takes a stand, literally. Her shapely legs actually support a small powder bowl and the half doll topping the assembly would have been sewn to a powder puff, probably of fluffy swansdown. I have replaced the missing powder puff with my own humble invention. Old swansdown puffs are scarce, expensive, and fragile and new down puffs are pricey. Plus these puffs really don't form a secure base for a fragile half doll. I have discovered an inexpensive way to both replicate the original feathery puff and securely display the half doll. Using a round wooden base with a hole in the center, I push a dowel through the hole, up into the half doll. I then cut and glue a feather marabou boa over and around the wooden base. This makes a nice sturdy base for the half doll (for more security, stick a dab of Museum Gel or glass wax under the wooden center of the base), yet gives the appearance that the half doll is perched on a powder puff.
The legs stand on a red octagonal base with golden heeled pumps and sexy molded blue garters at the top of the thighs, supporting a small round dish for face powder or rouge. Although unmarked, this leggy powder dish is of good china and fine German quality. The half doll represents a pretty Pierrette or Pierette, the female counterpart of the Commedia dell'Arte character, Pierrot, with her black skullcap and white bodice with oversized blue pompoms down the front. Her face is nicely painted, with one stroke reddish-brown brows, which match the kiss curls on each check (a molded, but unpainted, curl falls on her forehead), blue painted eyes with black pupils and lid lines, and dark red lips. Of good china, she is incised on the back of the base “8034 Germany.” Overall, the complete assembly is approximately 10 inches tall. The Pierrette pincushion doll alone is 3.75 inches and her lower legs are 4 inches high. There are no breaks or repairs. There is a bit of the curl paint missing on the lady’s left temple, but it is noticeable only on close inspection, and some slight wear to her black cap. There is a bit of old glue, possibly from a long-gone label, on the bottom of the powder dish base. This art-deco damsel would look delightful on a vanity or in a boudoir, or would be a wonderful whimsical addition to a doll collection.
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China German Pierrette Half Doll Standing Legs Powder Dish
$150 USD SOLD
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