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Rare Glass Eyed Bisque Lady Circa 1875 With Molded Hair And Diadem
WOW. This is a rare bisque lady! Made from very pale bisque,her modeled hair is a lovely café au lait color that complements her pale complexion. She has a closed mouth and beautiful blue glass eyes. Her hair treatment is most rare. A decorative brass band has been added as a hair ornament to simulate a headband in her hair. Dressed in her trained gown of 19th c. silk satin and cut velvet, she certainly is a lady!
Reference: China, Parian And Bisque German Dolls ca. 1840-ca, 1900 by Lydia Richter copyright 1993. This doll is attributed to Alt, Beck and Gottschalck on page 64 of this book. A painted eye parian version is pictured along with this explanation " Shoulder head made from parian with finely modeled blond hair style - extraordinary and rare is the detachable ornamental diadem made from metal, which can be placed into 2 holes...". ( Please note. I have not removed the diadem. I will leave that to the buyer. Diadem is defined as a crown or ornamental headband worn as a crown.)
Condition: Excellent condition. Head is free from chips, cracks, hairlines, repairs, cheek rubs, etc.. Body is in beautiful condition. Her body is an old one. It is in such beautiful condition, that I question whether it is 130 years old. It may be circa 1870 and be in unusually fine condition. Or it may have been replaced at some point in time. It is not modern. However, I am unsure of it's age.
As I have noted, it is rare to find a lady of this type in bisque. There are no similar dolls listed in the Blue Book under the category of "Bisque, German". There are glass eyed parian (or untinted bisque) ladies with molded hairstyles listed under the category of "Parian-Type" in the Blue Book. A 22 1/2" lady with a molded hat and glass eyes lists for $4840. I feel I have priced this special, rare doll reasonably..
A lovely, closed mouth, glass eyed lady with a rare hair treatment to add to your collection. Say "Merry Christmas" to yourself with this beautiful lady.
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