German Bisque Googly, Model 221, by Kestner in Rare Largest Size 12

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16" (41 cm.) Bisque socket head with rounded chubby facial shape, large blue glass sleep and side-glancing googly eyes, dark eyeliner, short fringed upper lashes, short side-slant brows, button-shaped nose with accent dots, closed mouth with watermelon-slice-shaped smile, blonde mohair wig over plaster pate, composition chubby toddler body with jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees, well-defined musculature, well-costumed. Condition: generally excellent, hands retouched. Marks: H made in Germany 12 JDK 221 Ges Gesch. Comments: Kestner, circa 1915, the 221 googly model was inspired by O'Neill's composition-bodied Kewpie, which Kestner also made, but for which they were obliged to pay royalties. By designing their own Kewpie-like googly these royalties could be avoided. The 221 googly was very successful and was made in several sizes, this being the largest. Value Points: wonderful and rare googly in grand size with captivating expression.
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