Large German All-Bisque Doll, Model 102, Painted Black Boots, by Kestner

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9 1/2" (24 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque torso, plumply-modeled cheeks, blue glass eyes, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, rose blushed eye shadow, feathered brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, slightly-parted open mouth, outlined lips, two square-cut upper teeth and one lower, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig, peg-jointing at shoulders and hips, painted black six-lace ankle boots, blue stockings, lovely costume. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 102. Comments: Germany, circa 1880, attributed to Kestner, the model is known as "French wrestler" in reference to its very muscular detail of torso and legs. Value Points: outstanding modeling of body includes dimpled elbows, well-defined structure, enhanced by fine quality of painting on the rare model.
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