Antique Doll Bru Jumeau Kestner Bisque China Porcelain by Aunt Janie's Doll Trunk Repair

Lovely German Early Kestner Closed Mouth Pouty XI Blue Eyes 16"

Lovely German Early Kestner Closed Mouth Pouty XI Blue Eyes 16"

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Directory: Dolls: Antique Dolls: Bisque: French: Pre 1900: Item # 1285689

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Aunt Janie's Doll Trunk
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Ooh La La! What a doll! She is trying hard to keep a straight face but a smile is about to break through! Truly the happiest pouty I have ever seen! This 16” missy hails from Germany circa 1898 but found her way to America via ship across the Atlantic to become a little girl’s birthday or Christmas present. Now she can be yours to delight you and future generations for another century!


Perfect bisque head with original blue sleep eyes and lovely quality of artistry are her grand value points, but additionally she has a possibly original blond mohair wig with full curls spilling around her shoulders in great condition! Remnants of her plaster pate remain around the rim of her head, which I have decided to leave intact while an antique cardboard pate now does its duty. Delicate features were painted with skill and artistry and just the right amount of color makes her appear so life like! As known, she has the eyebrows very similar to the Kestner AT and the darker line between her lips. Isn’t it wonderful how antique bisque dolls decorated with fired on china paint can still look brand new today? Her bisque is guaranteed to be without damage or repair! Her correct early German body with straight wrists has its original finish with no touch ups but shows considerable wear at the joints including a repair on the left knee, chipped off toes on her left foot and a difference in color of the arms, which sometimes happened due to different batches of parts being available at the assembly time. It could even be possible that they were replacements at some time over the past 117 years of her life. The torso paint is crazed but sturdily intact. On her right rib cage the inner wooden dowel stringing support has made a surface crack. All the above shows how much she was loved and played with. She is newly restrung and holds a pose so gracefully!


The finest aqua cotton batiste supports the pretty antique net and lace overlay with matching aqua blue silk ribbons spaced every inch or so. Her “bertha” collar is trimmed at the neck with a delicate silk georgette trim that blends nicely with the lace. Frills abound even in the matching wire rimmed bonnet. She wears her original split drawers and full petticoat, which has had some fine preservation done to some splits in the cotton caused by starching and ironing. It requires a sharp eye to even notice. It appears that her shoes and socks are original since they fit like a glove and the laces look original as well.

I trust she will find her new loving home soon. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


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