14" All-cloth doll with stitch-shaped face, center-seam, embroidered eyes, nostrils and lips,defined pointy nose, blond yarn hair styled in a period hair-do.
Condition: Well played with and antiquated.
Marks: original identification Made By Madam Paderewski for the Polish Relief. These dolls were tagged with a medal that read, for the Health and Happiness to You, Kind Doll Lover, Who by taking into your heart and home one of my little doll waifs of Poland have fed a starving mother or child in that 'saddest land',Helena Paderewski,copyright 1915 (other side of medal).
Comments: French,circa 1915,Madame Helena Paderewski,wife of the celebrated pianist,used her celebrity-hood to oversee the production of artistic cloth dolls that were sold to society ladies to benefit widows and orphans of WWI; an intriguing story about the dolls appears in The Encyclopedia of French Dolls by Theimer. Value Points: the rare doll is preserved, and has original costume and.
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