Lot: 64. French Terra Cotta Character Dolls
9" (23 cm.) Each is all terra cotta with socket head,painted hair,large blue painted side-glancing googly eyes,painted long upper lashes,button-shaped nose,closed mouth with little pursed lips and extended laughing lip line,five-piece terra cotta body,painted shoes and socks. Condition: very good,original finish with some typical minor wear. Marks: Paris (head). Comments; designed by the French artist,Hansi and distributed by J.P. Gallais & Cie,the dolls were created in 1917 to celebrate the return of Alsace to French control; the dolls were presented at the Concours des Poupees in Paris in 1917 and received a First Prize. Value Points: wearing the original costumes of Alsatian boy and girl,including original Alsatian coiffe with French flag emblem,each carries a cardboard slateboard with their name and "Vive la France". The boy Yerri carries a French flag,while Gretel carries a parasol,and each is presented in its original box with printed illustration of the doll by Hansi on the lid.
Realized Price: 700
The Dolls in the House at the Top of the Hill- $69January 7-8, 2011 at the Westin South Coast Plaza, Newport Beach, CA
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