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Very Rare and All-Original Delightful German Bisque Characters, Max and Moritz, by Kammer and Reinhardt

Lot Number: 
45
15" (38 cm.) Each has bisque socket head depicting a highly characterized boy with impish expression, small brown glass flirty eyes, thick black or brown comma-shaped brows, black eye liner around the eye sockets, upturned nose, accented nostrils, closed mouth with beaming smile, shaded lips, deeply impressed laughter lines on cheeks, black or brown mohair wig, original composition ball-jointed toddler body with sculpted stockings and black or brown heeled shoes, urchin costume that appears to be original. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: K*R Simon & Halbig 123 (or 124). Comments: Kammer and Reinhardt, "Max" and "Moritz" from their character series, circa 1912, based upon the 1800s children's adventure stories written by Wilhelm Busch. Value Points: the very rare and unique facial models were sculpted for these two dolls only, with exemplary bisque, sculpting and painting, and with original bodies that also were sculpted for these models only. Few intact sets of the two matched dolls are known to exist.
Realized Price: 
$40,000
Presale Estimate: 
35,000/55,000