Museum Quality Early closed mouth Kestner Christmas Angel Doll Store Display. She is a 9 German doll, made for the French market marked only 4.
Her condition is wonderful, she has no chips, cracks, or damage to her bisque head. Her face is beautifully painted she has French paper weight set eyes, heavy stroked eyelashes and a skillfully made platinum blonde caracul fur wig in very good condition. She has a rare one piece composition angel body with holes for stringing her wings and metal hanger so she is in flight! She has a couple stress lines in her arms otherwise very heavy composition body.
This is an unusual body with stringing holes in her back for the wings to attach and the wire that holds her on her stand. She was restrung when I received her, it no longer had elastic to hold her safely together. Her composition wings were varnished and had worn to base. I had them covered in 24K gold leaf to protect and show the nicely detailed wings. Her wood carved staff was also covered.
I was told this rare Kestner doll was a Christmas store display for a fine French shop. The stand can display the angel more upright, or if you insert the metal rod at the bend she will be more in flight. I have been collecting dolls for 30+ years and have never seen one of these before. From my experience, she is rare closed mouth Kestner doll made for the French market. Kestner is one of the best early German doll firms and the French used them to make quality doll heads for them, not marked with the Kestner marks.
These early quality faces are very sought after in the doll market. The rarity of the Angel body makes her very special.
She has been in my private collection. Please ask if you need any additional photos of the Christmas Angel doll!
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