Wonderful German Bisque Closed Mouth Doll known as

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21" (53 cm.) Bisque socket head with very full cheeks and angular pointy-tip nose,blue glass sleep eyes,dark eyeliner,painted dark curly lashes,rose-blushed eye shadow,brush-stroked and multi-feathered brows,accented eye corners and nostrils,closed mouth with defined space between the shaded and outlined lips,blonde mohair wig over plaster pate,early composition and wooden fully-jointed body with straight wrists,wearing antique sailor costume,undergarments,stockings,black leather shoes,grand sailor cap. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 14. Comments: Kestner,circa 1885,the model is known as the "A.T. Kestner" for its resemblance to the French A.T. bebe of the same era,whose market the doll attempted to capture. Value Points: a rare large size of the desirable and rarely-found model,with lovely bisque having a delicate luminous patina,superb sculpting with "first-from-the-mold" definition,wonderful antique costume. The doll was acquired by June Ellen Lane from a previous Theriault's auction,"Cotillion" and was featured for several years on a Theriault shopping bag,stationery and other ephemera.
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