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Rare Nymphenbug China

Inspired by historical sculptures, paintings and creche figures, these serene chinas were made in the Bavaria region of Germany just after 1900, at Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory.  The downward glance of this 17" muse, gives her a serious, pensive mood and the fine quality of her china can be seen in the detail of her cafe au lait, curly locks of molded hair with a molded bow on the top of her head.  Her blue painted eyes, slightly visible under her eyelids, her elongate nose and softly blushed cheeks are mesmerizing.
Just like her head and shoulder plate, she has beautifully sculpted china hands in a delicate, open pose and her lower legs of china have molded, lace-up bootines.  Her body is cloth, jointed at the shoulders, hips and knees, she has what seems to be her original costume of silk with metallic accents, depicting late eighteenth century fashion, and she holds a celluloid fan.

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Parian with Alice Hairdo

Dramatic Outfit

This doll compels us to use the word "awesome" like it is meant to be used.  Her stature, rare hairdo, demure molding and painting, and her superb, multi-layer outfit make her an all important example of her type. Her gentle face has impeccable painting, blue eyes and the palest of complexion while her soft, blond molded locks are pulled back into a black molded hairband and rear ringlet curls, supplying the desirable "Alice" hairdo.
Her equally pale shoulder plate has lifelike molding on the chest and is attached with fabric cord to her antique cloth body with leather arms and lower legs that are cream with red striped stockings.  At the base of her neck is a curious area that hints of some overpaint, however it does not black-light and is so invisible it is elusive and questionable, however must be mentioned.
Her clothing is extraordinary, with a tiny red print on white cotton full skirt and slim waist jacket that is so visually pleasing with its crisp, ruffled collar and wide, flouncy peplum over the skirt.  She makes a dramatic entrance wearing her red wool cape with gathered hood framing her face.  There is some melting to the silk red ribbon around the hood.  And finally, her excellent undergarments, including the elevation of a large, padded bustle and then her high quality red and tan leather boots.  All is antique and feels like a part of her from the beginning!

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Parian in Plaid

in Fancy Footwear

Always so nice to find a doll in plaid from the mid-nineteenth century, as it so represents the time by supplying a bold but conservative detail.  The warm brown and red tones in her plaid wool dress are accented by the brown velvet bodice that serves as a vest on the garment.
This beauty has blond molded locks, parted in the center and falling around the frame of her face.  Daintily painted blue eyes, ultra light cheek shading and pale bisque on head and shoulders make her a striking portrait against the richly colored costume.  Her body is cloth jointed at the shoulders, hips and knees, she has caramel brown leather arms and her lower legs are her stockings, in a blue on white fine stripe, ending with her feet which are her red leather boots.

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Kling Bisque Lady

23 1/2"
Molded Collar and Fancy Hair

$2,350.  ON HOLD
The molded detail on this bisque head lady goes on and on, starting with her elaborately styled, blond up-do with cascading molded curls down the back, then forward onto her forehead, and topped with a black molded feather hair ornament.  She has blue paperweight eyes (uneven spot on center top right eyelid),  gently full lips with dark accent line, pale bisque complexion with soft decoration of features, evenly blushed cheeks, and pierced ears. Her high profile collar has white on white molding that imitates a fancy lace ruffle and on that is applied a molded bisque yellow rose with dark green molded leaves (one leaf edge chipped off).
   The rest of the shoulders represent a white blouse, incised 144  9 one the back, and is mounted on her original cloth body, stamped "Made in Germany" that has molded bisque arms, delicately posed hands, and bisque lower legs that have molded, ribbed stockings and brown shoes with molded straps and rosettes.  There is a factory reddish firing line on the front of her right leg.  Her antique, deep emerald green satin suit is embellished with black jet bead trim.

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China in Red Cape

We can picture this 1860's china (18 1/2") making an impression in town or on the prairie,  wearing her detailed, tan cotton dress with tiny floral print and black ribbon trim around the skirt, with an apron of black leaves printed on red that matches her vibrant red wool cape. 
  She has the flat top, 1860's hairdo with ringlet curls all around, deeply sloping shoulders, blue painted eyes and quality molding.  Her cloth body is antique, with china lower arms, and her detailed, antique undergarments complete her ensemble..  

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English Wax Lady

 What an elegant wax lady (16") in her original costume and wig, with pierced ears! Her blue glass eyes and a hint of a smile look to the side with her slightly turned shoulder head as she shows off her original earrings. A strawberry blond head of inserted mohair is swept up into an elaborate do, encircled by a long braid at the crown.
Her  rich, burgundy silk costume is in excellent condition with its black silk trim and intricate lace collar/shawl that matches the lace trim on the sleeves.  She has a sturdy cloth body with wax lower arms and hands that has stitched jointing, and as her costume is originally secured, there is a shot of her starched undergarments and black leather shoes to show a bit of what is underneath.  Her only flaw is a bit of flatness to the tip of her nose.

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Pink Tint China

The pink tint of this 17 1/2" china's face gives her a warm presence as it reduces the contrast between her black, molded 1860 hairstyle, with ringlets all around, and her pale complexion.  Her painted blue eyes and rose shaded cheeks play beautifully against her brown and cream, fine print dress with a subtle red print on white, wide border.
She has an antique cloth body with a small patch of repair at the tops of her thighs, it is jointed at the shoulders and hips and she has china lower arms and legs with molded brown boots, white stockings and blue garters. There is some mild wear to the surface of her hair and two tiny brown spots on her lower right cheek. Undergarments all antique as is the dress.

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German Glass Eye Paper Mache

  Having the Greiner type hairstyle with center parted, ridged strands of hair falling to rear ringlet curls and ears exposed, this German paper mache (18") has a calming effect.  She has dark glass eyes, a pale complexion and a rose colored stain in the indentation of her lips.  Her antique body is cloth with stitched jointing, with her lower arms and hands being of carved wood.
There are surface cracks on her face and shoulder plate, and the top of her arms and one knee have been reinforced with newer white fabric.  Her outfit could very well be original, including a light cotton dress of the 1850's with a miniscule red floral pattern and a coordinating apron whose colorful borders put an exclamation point on the whole endearing outfit.  Do not miss her white stockings and two-toned, knitted blue booties on her feet!

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Glass Eyed Blond Parian with Molded Blouse

Probably made by the firm of Donham, Kock and Fischer, we have a parian lady with blue glass eyes to complement her fancy blond molded hairdo that has curls galore on top and a thick molded braid encircling her head in the back.  Pale, unfired bisque with soft shading and decoration of features are lovely on her, as is her rare, decorated blouse on her shoulderplate, front and back.  At the front collar, there is an attached glass gemstone that sparkles to complement the earrings in her pierced ears.
Her antique body is of jointed cloth with pale bisque lower arms, her undergarments all antique and her dark leather boots are replacements.  A sheer, cotton pinafore dress with a pale lavender floral motif and ruffled straps over a fine, white cotton blouse makes for a perfect outfit for a spring outing!  She is ready for it.

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All Original Milliners Model

How special to find an incredibly well preserved, original German Milliners model (13") from the early 1850's.  Her paper mache head has a beautiful original complexion with painted feathers and her molded, painted black chair is center-parted with ringlet curls all around the back.  She has the typical leather body with wooden lower arms and lower legs, with orange painted slippers, all in very nice condition.
Her original, endearing, two-piece cotton suit in a blue and white print with fringed trim has underneath it two layers of slips, one them with a tiny print of its own!  She also has a string of tiny beads around her neck, but it is not known if this was added at some point.

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