Thursday, November 12, 2015
My doll repair work has been on hold for a week or so while I completed two paintings for the holiday display at my husband's store. I'll share them in another post. I have been watching and bidding on eBay and I won this antique 1850-ish papier mache head with exposed ears and glass eyes. She is GORGEOUS!
As I have grown older, I have come to love the earlier dolls, especially any made of papier mache. According to the dictionary, papier mache is a malleable mixture of paper and glue, or paper, flour, and water, that becomes hard when dry. Ludwig Greiner, of course, was the king of the papier mache doll makers. There were many other makers, some who marked their dolls with paper tags (like Greiner and Superior), most of which have long since been lost. Many were never marked. I think this beautiful lady is a Greiner, but I will have to do some research to prove it since she has no tag or residue of one having been on her back plate.
Her dimensions are 7 inches tall, with a shoulder spread of 7 inches as well.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Another little project. This one was for me. This is an app. 10 inch Heubach Koppelsdorf Black Islander Bisque head doll.
According to www.dollreference.com - Ernst Heubach's porcelain factory was in Koppelsdorf, Germany, they made bisque doll heads on kid or composition bodies. Ernst Jr. married Beatrice Marseille, daughter of Armand Marseille and one of E. Heubach's sculptors had a brother that worked as a sculptor at Marseille, which may explain why their dolls have similarities to one another.
In 1919 Heubach and Marseilles merged and formed the United Porcelain Factory of Koppelsdorf (Vereinigte Koppelsdorf Porzellanfabrik vorm Armand Marseille and Ernst Heubach). By 1932 the two companies went their separate ways. During this union, 1919-1932 dolls are often marked with 'Heubach Koppelsdorf'.
He (or she) needed cleaning and minor repair. The doll has its original brass earrings and grass skirt. A little grass hat is missing. I plan to make one some day.