243 . German Black Velvet Cat
24" (61 cm.) Pressed bisque socket head with pear-shaped face,almond-shaped blue glass paperweight inset eyes,thick dark eyeliner,painted lashes,mauve blushed eye shadow,brush-stroked feathered brows,accented eye corners,shaded nostrils,closed mouth with well-defined space between the shaded and outlined lips,heart-shaped upper lip,blonde mohair wig over cork pate,French composition and wooden eight-loose-ball- jointed body with straight wrists and flat-cut derriere,fine antique costume of ivory lace and silk with ruffled frou-frou bonnet,undergarments,silk stockings,leather shoes. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Sch (in shield) 4 1/2 (raised number).Comments: Schmitt et Fils,circa 1882. Value Points: an especially beautiful model with outstanding sculpting and painting especially around the mouth and lips,finest bisque,original body and body finish,beautiful costume.