This doll is from a large Texas estate doll collection that I have been assigned to sell. Most of the large two-story home was filled with her collection and you will enjoy seeing the variety of wonderful items that she collected. It took the two of us three 10-hour days to go through and gather and pack everything that was doll related. I am going to try to put it all in my shop eventually.
This is a jewel in itself. It is a 32 inch French-type papier mache lady from the early to mid 1800's. Although some refer to this type as "French," she was actually made in Germany by a German doll maker, possibly Muller or Voit, and sold to the French or another doll maker. She is on her original kid body with the straight arms and legs which is the correct original type of body. It probably was pink kid at one time but through the years darkening set in and it went from pink to an aged white. Her papier mache shoulder head has a painted black pate and she has brush marks around her face. I was amazed that she had such good patina over her entire shoulder head with absolutely no repaint or any type of repairs. There are tiny age speckles but some of this will probably come off with a soft almost dry cloth. She has a human hair wig but it is a replacement. The original human hair wig was nailed onto her head. She has an open mouth with bamboo teeth and a pierced nose. Her glass eyes are set stationary. Her very large and hard sawdust stuffed French-type body is in excellent condition for the age of it. There is only one patch on her right wrist. She is dressed in a beautiful period style dress and large bonnet. Her feet are clad in antique leather boots. The lady stands tall and upright on her stand and is certainly an eye catcher to anyone who enters the room.
Grand and Non-Retouched 32 In. So-Called French-Type Papier-Mache Lady, ca: 1835-1850
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