German Parian Doll Head, ca. 1870
I've brought my great-grandmother's parian doll. My grandmother was going to give it to me, but my mother didn't think I deserved it, that I was too young and wouldn't appreciate it. So my mother held it for quite a while.
And then gave it to me. I've had it about the last 20 years.
They are referred to as a parian doll, they're also called untinted bisque, because she has a white bisque face. She is German. She dates from the 1870s. These heads were often sold as individual heads without having a body. This is a German Kestner body that would have gone on a Dolly Face doll rather than going on a parian doll. And it would have been a body that would have gone on a later doll. So when you look at the hands, you can see her gusseted leather elbows, and she has a pink coloring to her bisque, whereas her face is an untinted bisque, and so those are not the right arms, it is not the right body.
She would have gone more on a cloth body. The detailing is incredible. It's a beautiful example. She does not have any damage, which is very unusual. When it goes to valuing her, you are valuing her as a head only. Because the body doesn't go with her, the dress doesn't go with her, but she has value in her head. Her value would be somewhere between $2,000 and $2,500.
Wow, nice. (laughing)
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