A very pretty early doll from the late 19th century made of wood, as beautiful as an oil painting, the coloring on her is original paint. She has rosy pink cheeks and peach color skin, brown for her head top. A great teal blue color dress drapes her chest, waist and leg tops. She has a place where posts would have held her arms, though she has no arms nor legs now. Her paint is chippy in a few places on her forehead, her nose has no paint just the wood shows. She is missing a portion of her ear. Some of the gesso shows under the paint at the edge of her leg and the whitish chippy marks on her face is gesso. She is not “touched up” that I can tell. Her eyes are milk glass with black pupils, her left eye is imbedded further with a slight variation, possibly an old repair but hard to say. I think she is great as she is. Someone had a newer base made for her to help keep her upright in their collection. Her colors are much deeper in person as I have an abundance of sunlight which tends to lighten or glare on my photos. An unusual Early Doll with original paint similar to the Early Creche, Santos or Cage Doll sculpted statues, possible made in Spain or Portugal. She measures 9” tall alone with additional 1.5” height base.
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