This darling antique piano baby has a great expression and beautiful, hand-painted details.
Aristocratic Victorian homes were furnished with pianos and these were typically draped with fine silk shawls, but something was missing to keep the shawls from sliding around.
"Piano babies" were born of this necessity to serve as an anchor to keep the piano shawls in place.
Often made of porcelain or bisque, most piano babies are the product of German manufacturing companies.
This baby sits cross-legged, guarding the bottle she holds in her left hand.
As you can see, the figure's face, skin and curly blonde hair give her a wonderfully realistic feel.
She wears a light and airy dressing gown which is accented with little reflective gold-tone beads. The neckline is embellished with a thin red stripe and ruffles that give it a distinctly feminine grace.
A small "venting" hole can be found on the underside of the figure. These are typically left unfilled and are a product of the casting process.
Larger holes generally indicate a fake while genuine "piano babies" often have much smaller venting holes.
Finally, three green felt pads on the underside will prevent scratching to the piece and any underlying surfaces.
You will notice that the figure shows some wear which include light to dark spots around the forehead, hair and arms.
We have not attempted to clean it, but you may have some success if you are a porcelain person.
Other than that, the piece remains in good antique condition overall.
Measurements; Figure is 3 3/4" tall, 3 1/4" deep and 2 1/2" wide Weight: 148.2 grams (5.23 oz)
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