Fine English Wooden Doll in Original Costume Known as The Bead Lady

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17" (43 cm.) One-piece carved wooden head and torso with egg-shaped head,oil-painted over gesso complexion,black enamel oval-shaped eyes with outlined lashes,dot-fringed brows,closed mouth with primly-shaped lips,blush spots on cheeks,original hand-tied human hair wig,elongated strong throat,slightly-shaped bosom,flat back,articulated at hips and knees,cloth upper arms,wooden lower arms with tine-shaped fingers. Condition: generally excellent,small paint rub on nose,original well-preserved finish. Comments: English,late-18th century. Value Points: beautifully preserved doll wearing her entirely-original linen homespun gown with lace front and long capelet sleeves,homespun under-blouse with lace front,two dark brown linen and homespun petticoat,the costume was that of a lady-in-waiting to the Queen known as The Bead Lady. Ex-collection Margaret Hartshorn.
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