Civil War Era china head doll with brown eyes and high glaze, entirely antique, 26" tall, circa 1860s.
The exquisite china shoulder head is clearly the work of the Kestner Porcelain Factory. The hair is modeled with a very high forehead but with prominent curls "forward" on the forehead which leaves a narrow reveal and the appearance of an elongated face. This is different from the typical 13 curl high brow that is more common and which is shown on page 47 of "A Pictorial Reference Guide for German Chinas". This dolls forehead is much higher and narrower than the one pictured, and she has 15 curls. The shoulder head measures 7-1/2" high and is 8" across the shoulders. The rear shoulder plate has a corner missing from the right sew hole down as shown. There are no other defects or damages to the head.
The facial features have extremely sharp modeling with beautifully defined nose and deep nostrils with oval nostril accents. The smiling mouth has a defined philtrum and chin, and molded eyelids. Her coloring includes highly blushed cheeks, smiling mouth with darker separating line, circular eye corner accents, and brown eyes with partial outlining, right side highlights, black lash lines, and red lid lines. There is very, very little wear to the high parts of the hair, but the face has no wear whatsoever.
The cloth body is also antique and has beautiful china lower arms with beautifully shaped hands with definition. The right hand has the underside of the fingers with a sliver off, but it looks like it was always that way as it is smooth to the touch. I have inspected the body and found a cloth reinforcement at the waist and upper torso. There are no sawdust leaks and the body is quite clean as shown. I have removed the undergarments to show you the lower half, but I did not completely undress the doll because the velvet sash is tied on and I'm quite sure I could never get it tied the same way again if I were to remove it. If a shopper is adamant about a full body shot, please email to request it and I will do it albeit reluctantly. As stated, I was able to fully inspect the lower body and the upper body by un-hooking the bodice closures and it is as described.
The doll is dressed in a beautiful antique gown that is clearly the original. It has some moisture staining and a mend or two, but is just stunning, beautifully fitted and beautifully constructed. The French blue velvet accents are wonderful and there is lace edging stitched into the welted sleeve heads and cuffs and along the neck edge. It is fully lined in French polished cotton.Underneath she has a chemise, split drawers, and half slip. There are hand written notes stitched to the undergarments and I have shown photos of them. One shows the doll's name is "Agatha" and the other states: "My mother's china doll // Fay T Vincent". The has long patterned stockings with pink stripes at the top and is missing her slippers.
Condition: Excellent, with only a corner piece missing from the back shoulder plate. Otherwise as described above.
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Excellent example of a wonderful Kestner china head with brown eyes, beautifully dressed in apparently entirely original presentation.
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