111 . Very Rare French Doll with Laminated Cloth Body Attributed to the Designs of Brouillet-Cacheleux
22" (56 cm.) Bisque socket head portraying a young boy with highly characterized angular features on oval shaped face, deeply sculpted blonde hair in boyish fashion with tousled forehead bangs, large sculpted ears, painted light blue eyes, black upper eyeliner, feathered brows, strong nose with accented nostrils, full lips of closed mouth, shaded and outlined lips, sculpted philtrum and chin dimples, strong definition of chin and cheek bones, composition and wooden ball-jointed body, well costumed in antique black woolen suit, red woolen vest, cotton shirt, wool leggings, leather saddle shoes. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: K*R 102. Comments: Kammer and Reinhardt, circa 1910. An identical sculpture, Knabenbuste, was modeled by the illustrious German artist Arthur Lewin-Funcke in 1898 and then, in 1910, was transformed by Lewin-Funcke into this rare model for Kammer and Reinhardt's art character reform series. The intriguing story of Lewin-Funcke's connection with the K*R doll firm is told in Cieslik's important work, German Doll Studies, page 231. Value Points: extraordinarily rare model in superb size, with artistic provenance, and outstanding quality of sculpting, bisque and painting. Few examples are known to exist, and the doll is one of the world's rarest. Ex-Lucy Morgan Collection.