Very Rare French/Polish Cloth Doll by Madame Paderewski with Original Medallion

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18" (46 cm.) All-fabric doll with stitch-shaped face,center-seam,embroidered eyes,pupils,lashes,brows,and lips,defined pointy chin and nose,brown fleecy hair with characteristic widow's peak,five-piece body with jointing at shoulders and hips. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Polish Victim's Relief Fund (one side of medal) Health and Happiness to You,Kind Doll Lover,Who by Taking into your heart and home one of my little doll waifs of Poland have fed a starving mother or child in that "saddest land",Helena Paderewski,copyright 1915 (other side of medal). Comments: Madame Helena Paderewski,wife of the celebrated pianist,oversaw studio production of artistic cloth dolls sold to society ladies to benefit widows and orphans of WWI; an intriguing entry about the dolls appears in The Encyclopedia of French Dolls by Theimer. Value Points: rare doll is perfectly preserved,wears original costume and has original silver medallion.
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