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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
October 10, 2009 11:00AMCalender

Important German Wooden Doll with Wardrobe

Auction: European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2476 Location: Marlborough Date / Time: October 10, 2009 11:00AM


Important German Wooden Doll with Wardrobe, maker unknown, probably Oberammergau, Bavaria, c. 1790-1800, painted gesso over carved wood head, brown painted pate, deeply carved ears with pierced lobes, fine brush stroked quizzical brows and lashes, hazel painted eyes with carved eye lids, strongly carved aquiline nose with deep nostrils, painted closed mouth above carved cleft chin, highly blushed cheeks, long slender neck, integral torso with carved breasts and accent carving of the top edge of a lace chemise, fully jointed body with mortise and tenon jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees, painted lower arms with finely carved hands, long slender legs with carved and painted lavender slippers with finely carved throat; dressed in a white and red windowpane pattern Empire cotton dress, plum checked cotton hooded cape with red poppy design; wardrobe of clothing includes period handmade items featuring black silk overcoat, red and black checked wool cape with matching bonnet, black wool skirt, three aprons, and two white cotton nightgowns, ht. 32 in., (excellent, with minor repaint to nose).

Provenance: Dorothy Dixon Collection.
Estimate $50,000-70,000

excellent, with blacklight showing minor repaint to nose


Oberammergau, Bavaria, carved wood head, Dorothy Dixon, Dorothy Dixon Collection