CHOICE, circa 1870s parian shoulder head with pierced ears, decorated light cafe-au-lait hairstyle, and standing serrated ruffle and beaded decorated shoulder plate in the form of a molded bodice. The shoulder head stands 4-1/4 inches tall and would make up into a doll about 16 inches tall on the proper cloth body.
She has shaded blue eyes with right side highlights, black lash lines, red lid lines, accented nostrils and eye corners, and darker separating line between the lips. She has evenly blushed cheeks. Her temples have very fine brush strokes of hair color where the hair is swept back into its rolls and layers of curls. The standing ribbon atop her head is nestled between two clusters of finely detailed ringlets around a center part. The ribbon, which is pink and fuchsia with gilt accents, is raised above her head. The bodice has applied bead work with gilt accenting, and a standing ruffle with serrated edges that goes entirely around the neck. It is decorated in pink and fuchsia and is completely undamaged. The outside of the shoulder plate is decorated in blue painted designs that wrap around the back.
The decoration and modeling, as you can see in the photos, is stunning and extremely sharp and detailed, from the delicately painted facial features to the elaborately painted and decorated ribbons and ruffles.
The shoulder plate has a tiny chip out of the back left corner beneath the sew hole as shown in the photos. This is the only condition issue to report. Typically heads with standing ribbons and serrated edges have many chips, but this one is perfectly in tact in all areas. No other chips, cracks, or repairs.
Inside the shoulder plate is a pencil inscription from a previous owner with a name and year of reference for a bit of provenance.
Stunning head with rare hairstyle, lavishly decorated bodice and pierced ears. The doll when mounted on the proper body and appropriately dressed would be valued in excess of $2500.
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