Rare German Bisque Painted Eye Art Character, "Willie Pearl's Doll", 208 by Kestner

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24" (61 cm.) Bisque socket head with very deeply-impressed sculpted facial features, upper-glancing painted brown eyes, red and black upper eyeliner, painted curly lashes, accented eye corners and nostrils, rounded tip nose, closed mouth with full outlined lips, impressed dimples at lip corners and chin, brunette mohair wig in side-coiled braids over plaster pate, composition and wooden ball-jointed body, antique brown linen dress with handmade lace trim, blouse, undergarments, socks, shoes, lace cap. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: K made in Germany 208 14 (head) Germany (body). Comments: Kestner, circa 1910 from their art character series. Value Points: pristine original condition of the extremely rare model, notably so in this large size, enhanced by superb detail of facial modeling, flawless complexion, original wig, body and body finish, antique costume. Few examples of the size 14 model of the painted eye character 208 are known to exist. Provenance: The childhood doll of Miss Willie Pearl Davis of Douglas, Georgia, born 1905, the doll was tenderly cherished in the Davis family home until the passing of Willie Pearl in 2000, when it was acquired by a local Douglas doll collector who has preserved the doll until this date.
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