This is an early 1800s antique Italian terra cotta and wood church or creche lady doll figure in secular dress. She stands 20" tall. She has a terra cotta shoulder head and hands. Her body is otherwise wood, though the upper arms are attached to the shoulders by heavy wire so they can move. Her hair is largely gone now, exposing the beeswax coating into which hair was inserted, but remnants of her short curls remain. Her outer dress is probably a Victorian period redressing. It is an elaborate silk fabric with gold lace trim, and has faded and shattered over time. However her undergarments remain in fine condition, including a magnificent gold brocade underskirt and fabulous boned corset. The linen chemise underneath is probably original. Her feet are covered in fabric to match her dress. She also wears a pair of blown glass pearl bracelets.
Condition: She is missing one index finger on her left hand. Her dress is shattered. There is hair loss. Some paint loss on head and hands.
This fine lady of the church has retained her regal raiments for over 150 years. May she reign on among your collection.