Samstag, 29. September 2012

HALF DOLLS BY ERNST BOHNE SOEHNE (SONS)



Ernst Bohne first started porcelain decoration in 1848, only installing a kiln for the manufacture of porcelain in 1850. When Ernst died in 1856, his sons, Gustav, Karl and David took over the company as Ernst Bohne & Söhne (sons). In 1919 the company was purchased by Gebrüder (Bros.) Heubach of Lichte and ran as a branch of Heubach until 1830, when the factory capacity was no longer required. After being purchased in 1937, Ernst Bohne & Söhne was reopened at the original adress, as Albert Stahl & Co. vormals Ernst Bohne & Söhne. After World War II the factory was nationalised by the Eastern German Government and subsequently merged with the Sitzendorfer Porzellanmanufaktur in 1974. It was reprivatised and reassumed the name Albert Stahl & Co. At this point they commenced producing reproductions from old molds of the Ernst Bohne & Söhne and Karl Ens. 

Ernst Bohne & Söhne (=sons) produced a range of very fine quality half dolls.


 
 This is MY favourite half doll, a lady holding a panel and a pencil.


The half doll in a white dress is a recent reproduction, obviously made from still existing EBS molds. 
Some of this modern reproductions are showing up with the mark of KARL ENS (windmill and lettering). Others with a faked impressed CV mark and were sold as half dolls made by the porcelain manufactory "Closter Veilsdorf". BEWARE!

 
These original EBS half dolls have a closed base and were meant to be attached to a wire frame with wire, rather than thread.



The half doll on the left side is an ORIGINAL Ernst Bohne & Söhne doll, whilst the doll on the right side in the photo is a modern REPRODUCTION produced in Thuringia, most likely made from a still existing Ernst Bohne & Söhne mold. The latter one is showing up with the above mentioned faked CV (Closter Veilsdorf) mark. Even though of good quality, it is quite easy to see that the doll on the right side shows a modern painting.

Donnerstag, 9. August 2012

BEACHGOERS - HALF DOLLS IN BATHING COSTUMES


These ladies in bathing suits are referred to as BATHING BEAUTIES or BATHING LADIES. 
The photo shows a full-figural bathing beauty half doll made by Fasold & Stauch of Bock-Wallendorf (the lady in red), an exceptional ART DECO trinket box or vanity box in the form of a wicker chair decorated with a bathing belle dressed in black. This beauty was also made by Fasold & Stauch of Bock-Wallendorf. The tiny lady in a blue bathing suit was made by Wm. Goebel of Oeslau/Bavaria. The half doll / pin cushion doll measures 4.2 cm (1,65") in height.

I WISH YOU NICE AND SUNNY SUMMER VACATIONS!

Dienstag, 31. Juli 2012

HALF DOLLS BY SITZENDORFER PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY



In 1850 Wilhelm Liebmann, a landlord and resident of Sitzendorf, who was born in Lichte/Thuringia was honoured with the permission of re-establishing a porcelain manufactory in Sitzendorf/Thuringia. In 1858 the brothers Alfred and Carl Wilhelm Voigt became chairman and slowly started to change the product range. One of the highlights was the introduction of lace figurines decorated in Meissen Style in 1884. Business went very well and in 1890 enabled them to open a subsidiary in the town of Underweißbach. Both factories together gave work to 300 employees. In 1896 the company was re-structured as limited company (stock corporation). The disastrous effects of WWI followed later by the worldwide economic crises in the late twenties nearly ruined the company and so the Unterweißnach branch was closed in 1928. In the year 1932 the situation began to stabilize under the leadership of the former authorizied representatives Reinhold Rebhan and Max Krauße, who had become the new proprietors. The factory was completely nationalized in 1972. After German reunifiaction the factory was reprivatized and refounded as limited partnership on June 1st, 1990. (source: http://www.porcelainmarksandmore.com)
The Sitzendorfer Porcelain Manufactory is still existing. 
Their webpage can be found at: http://www.sitzendorf-porzellan.de/index.php?lng=en

Sitzendorf produced a large number of beautiful half dolls and half doll related figurines like bathing beauties, powder boxes, flower frogs, half doll heads (pin cushion handles) etc.

This post will show you some beauties made by Sitzendorfer Porcelain Manufactory in c. 1920 - 1930.


 

This half doll portrays the French Queen Marie-Antoinette
as to be seen on Wikipedia at:

Freitag, 13. Juli 2012

HALF DOLLS AS HANDLES FOR POWDER PATTERS

HALF DOLL LADIES HAD VARIOUS JOBS. THESE HALF DOLLS - AN ART DECO LADY AND A PIERROT - SERVED AS HANDLES FOR A POWDER PATTER/PUFF RESP. POWDER WAND TO APPLY BODY POWDER. 


THIS PHOTO SHOWS THE PURPOSE OF A POWDER PATTER. THEY WERE FASHIONABLE IN THE 20s/30s. 


THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL HALF DOLL LADY MADE BY WM. GOEBEL OF OESLAU/BAVARIA. THE DOLL IS ATTACHED TO A FLUFFY POWDER PUFF. HER LEGS WITH GOLDEN SHOES ARE SERVING AS A HANDLE. THE COMPLETE COMBINATION SERVES AS A VERY DECORATIVE POWDER PATTER, RELATED TO THOSE SHOWN IN THE PHOTOS. SHE WEARS A PURPLE SWIM SUIT, YELLOW STOCKING WITH PAINTED GARTERS. HER SKIRT AND THE BANDANA ARE MADE OF CLOTH, AND ARE ORIGINAL TO THE DOLL. THE DOLL MEASURES 20 cm = 7.8" IN LENGTH. 


... AND THIS IS A NICE PIERROT WITH THE SAME JOB AS THE LADY. HE RESTS ATOP OF POWDER PUFF AND HIS LONG LEGS ARE SERVING AS A HANDLE. HE MEASURES 21 cm = 8.2" IN LENGTH. THE DOLL IS SUPPOSED TO BE MADE BY CARL SCHEIDIG OF GRAEFENTHAL.

Mittwoch, 27. Juni 2012

EXCEPTIONAL DRESSEL & KISTER HALF DOLL - LADY WITH A BASKET OF FLOWERS - ORIGINAL VS. FAKE

Photo is courtesy of Beth from Bland Properties


This expectional "museum piece" half doll was just auctioned on eBay and commanded the highest price, that was ever paid for a half doll on eBay. The outstanding half doll was made by Dressel & Kister of Passau/Bavaria. The lovely lady wears a blue cap and carries a basket atop of her head. The basket is filled with multi-colored very fine flowers (every single flower is formed by hand). A dove is molded to the rim of the basket.  The doll is clearly marked with the bishop`s crozier and measures 7" in height. Molding and painting are amazingly fine done. This half doll was sold for ..... WOW! unbelievable ...... 10.600 US$ = 8500 Euro. Congratulations to the winners and a big THANK YOU to Beth from Bland Properties / Missouri, who kindly granted permission to use her photos. THIS doll is truly everything .... but not bland!


BEWARE!

Photo is courtesy of Shona & Marc Lorrin from their book THE HALF DOLL Vol. 5

This half doll was also made by Dressel & Kister and is actually a sister to the above mentioned doll. HOWEVER, the basket atop of the head doesn`t originate from Dressel & Kister and it is NOT ORIGINAL to the doll. As per statement of German D&K collectors, who had the chance to examine this particular doll a few years ago, is there a hole in the head of the doll. Obviously the original basket was broken off and the damage resp. the hole is covered with a basket from an unknown manufacturer. The quality of the flowers and the basket is worse and not comparable with the Dressel & Kister quality and this "odd" basket is virtually too small for the doll. In my opinion is this a poor repair and this doll is worth a fraction of the lovely D&K doll with the original basket.


Sonntag, 10. Juni 2012

ROYAL LADIES - HALF DOLLS BY WM. GOEBEL

This post is introducing four prominent royal ladies in the form of beautiful antique half dolls. Empress Eugenie of France; Maria Theresia, the Empress of Austria; Elisabeth (Elizabeth) of Austria, known as: SISSI; and Empress Augusta. The half dolls are made by the German firm Wm. Goebel of Oeslau/Bavaria. All the half dolls are marked with the Goebel crown mark. The names in red are the descriptions of the dolls to find in the old Goebel catalogues from c. 1920.

Franz Detleff and William Goebel founded the Goebel porcelain factory in 1871. The history of the Goebel factory can be found in their webpage at : http://www.goebel.de/History.70.0.html?&L=1 


These half dolls are representing EMPRESS EUGENIE OF FRANCE (1855)
She was the last Empress consort of the French from 1853 to 1871 as the wife of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French. 

These half dolls are representing MARIA THERESIA, EMPRESS OF AUSTRIA, with crown (1760). She was the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and started her 40-year reign in 1740. She was the wife of Francis Stephen of Lorraine and had sixteen children, including Queen Marie Antoinette of France, Queen Maria Carolina of Naples and two Holy Roman Emperors, Joseph II and Leopold II. The Empress is buried in the Kaisergruft/Kapuzinergruft (Imperial Crypt) in Vienna (well worth a visit!) next to her husband in an coffin (of enormous size) along with the bodies of 145 Habsburg royalties.

One photo was taken from the book THE HALF DOLL and related items, makers and values by Shona & Marc Lorrin, Vol. 6, photo is courtesy of "The Lorrins"
These half dolls putting a ring on the finger are representing ELIZABETH OF AUSTRIA (1860), Lady with Ring. Elisabeth of Austria (24 December 1837 - 10 September 1898), today a historical icon, was the spouse of Franz Joseph I. From an early age, she was called SISI or SISSI by family and friends. In the German-speaking world, Elisabeth's name is often associated with a trilogy of romantic films about her life which starred a teenage Romy Schneider.



This half doll represents PRINCESS WILHELM OF PRUSSIA, LATER EMPRESS AUGUSTA with Diadem (1850). Kaiserin Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (22 October 1858 – 11 April 1921) was the last German Empress and Queen of Prussia. She was married to Wilhelm (William) II., who was the last German Emperor.

Montag, 28. Mai 2012

BIEDERMEIER GIRLS - HALF DOLLS BY GEBR. HEUBACH / LICHTE

The Biedermeier period refers to an era in Central Europe during which the middle-class grew and arts appealed to common sensibilities in the historical period between 1815, the year of the Congress of Vienna at the end of the Napoleoinic Wars, and 1848, the year of the European revolutions. The Biedermeier period does not refer to the era of time as a whole, but to a particular mood and set of trends that grew out of the unique underpinnings of the time in central Europe.

These beautiful half doll girls are reflecting the fashion of the Biedermeier period, from hairstyle to dresses. The German firm Gebr. (Bros.) Heubach manufactured a series of Biedermeier girls with a very lifelike expression. Gebr. Heubach is well-known to collectors for their cute and lifelike piano babies, snow babies and children figurines. The size of the girls in the photo ranges from 15 to 17 cm. The doll in the green dress, which is displayed on a wooden stand,  has overlong arms.






Mittwoch, 16. Mai 2012

HAREM LADY BY WILLIAM GOEBEL - NOT A HALF DOLL, BUT A BEAUTIFUL GERMAN BISQUE FIGURINE


Sharon Hope-Weintraub, an American bathing beauty collector and renowned author of the book "BAWDY BISQUES & NAUGHTY NOVELTIES" just posted two very interesting figurines in her blog at:

The amazing figurines are from a series of scarce harem figurines by William Goebel of Oeslau / Bavaria. Sharon shows a sultan, who is smoking a pipe, and his black servant, a Nubian boy. One of his harem ladies lives in Germany and is still waiting for him (.... or any other sultan as far as he is made by Goebel). Doesn`t this sound like the story of Romeo and Juliet? Two lovers who can never live together.

The harem lady is not a half doll, but a gorgeous Goebel bisque figurine. 
The lady is just observing her flawless complexion in the mirror.  Her brown turban is made of cloth and is still all original with two little metal plates sewed to the right and left side. A metal half moon is sewed to the top of the turban. The lady retains her original brown mohair wig and her original dress. The necklaces are not original. Her molded loincloth with painted jewels, similar to that of the sultan, is hidden under the skirt. The figurine is marked with an incised number "1773.", height is 11 cm (4-1/3").

ISABEAU & MARIE, MEDIEVAL QUEENS BY DRESSEL & KISTER (HALF DOLL & FIGURINE)

This post is introducing two French queen consorts of the medieval times - ISABEAU DE BAVIERE and her daughter-in-law MARIE D`ANJOU. Dressel & Kister of Passau/Bavaria is well-known to collectors for their outstanding series of medieval figurines. They produced both, beautiful medieval full-figurines and superb medieval half dolls. Dressel & Kister even produced medieval half doll gentlemen, for example an outstanding medieval falconer (http://www.viennaantiques.com/ver_producto.asp?id=3680 )

ISABEAU / ISABELLE de BAVIERE (born as Elisabeth of Bavaria-Ingolstadt -c. 1371 – September 24, 1435) was queen of France and wife of King Charles VI of France. She married on July 17, 1385. When she became Queen of France in 1385, her husband was showing signs of mental illness.  The King and Queen of France did manage to have many children including the future King, Charles VII of France and two daughters, Isabella and Catherine, who later became Queens of England. Isabeau was one of the most unpopular Queens of France. She got involved in politics and public affairs when her husband, King Charles VI of France was mentally incapable.

  
This Dressel & Kister figurine and the matching half doll are renditions of Isabeau de Baviere, obviously made from a French costume print. The half doll was not made with this flowing veil dropping down from the headgear. The doll measures 11 cm (4-1/3") in height, marked with the blue D&K bishop`s crozier, the figurine was made in several sizes.
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MARIE D`ANJOU (October 14, 1404 - November 29, 1463) was the Queen consort to Isabeau`s son King Charles VII of France from 1422 to 1461. Charles VII`s victory in the Hundred Years War between the French Kingdom and the Kingdom of England owed a great deal to the support he received from Marie's family, notably from her mother Yolande of Aragon. Although Marie and Charles had twelve children,her husband`s affection was primarily directed towards his mistress Agnès Sorel. 


This is the Dressel & Kister rendition of French queen Marie d`Anjou with her book of hours or prayer book. Marie`s headdress is a truncated hennin. The hennin is a headdress worn in the late Middle Age by European women of the nobility. Dressel & Kister manufactured the figurine and the matching half doll. The doll measures 13 cm (5.1") in height, the figurine was made several sizes. 
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This figurine is an "add" for the "medieval fans" : 
the lovely figurine depicting Isabeau de Baviere is unmarked, probably made by the German firm Älteste Volkstedter Porzellan Manufaktur about 1900 to 1920. Unfortunately a matching half doll is not existing. What a pity!



Samstag, 5. Mai 2012

THE SPANISH SENORITAS AND FLAMENCO DANCERS


It is quite obvious that in the 20s and 30s the Spanish senoritas and Spanish flamenco dancers attracted German half doll manufacturers as well as their customers. There are half dolls depicting Spanish ladies wearing a mantilla and/or a high comb, many of them are equipped with colorful fans; and Spanish ladies dancing flamenco with their clicking castanets. Spanish ladies are to find in the assortment of almost every German manufacturer. They were made in various sizes, nicely dressed or undressed. The quality ranges from “simple, but charming” to very fine and high quality; so to speak: Spanish half doll ladies for every taste and budget.


The appealing half doll with the white high comb outlined in gold was made by Dressel & Kister of Passau/Bavaria; the half doll dressed in black and white lace was made by Hertwig / Katzhütte (Katzhuette); and the half doll with the beautiful grey outlined eyes and the red high comb with painted golden accents originates from Fasold & Stauch porcelain factory. The Fasold & Stauch doll measures 15.5 cm = 6.1" in height. 


Both, the beautiful half doll lady in an off-white mantilla (15.5 cm=6.1" tall) and the lady holding a big fan (painted in red and green) on standing legs are originating from Fasold & Stauch of Bock-Wallendorf/Thuringia. The lady on standing legs retains her old pin cushion, which is hidden under the cloth skirt. The pin cushion made of fabric connects the body of the doll to the legs. The half doll with the pink and green painted comb and dress was made by Limbach Porcelain Factory in Thuringia; the half doll wearing a molded fringed shawl and holding red and blue painted fan was made by an unknown German manufacturer.

Montag, 23. April 2012

HUNGARIAN HALF DOLL LADIES MADE BY HEREND

The Herend Porcelain Manufactory (Herendi Porcelánmanufaktúra Zrt.) is a still existing Hungarian manufacturing company, specializing in luxury hand painted and gilded porcelain. Founded in 1826 by Vince Stingl, it is based in the town of Herend near the city of Veszprém. In 1839 Mór Fischer (Moritz Fischer) took control of the factory. The new owner of the manufactory, being very ambitious and having new ideas, started artistic porcelain manufacturing in the same year. After the fall of Communism in Hungary the factory was privatised and is now 75% owned by its management and workers.

The Herend Manufactory is running a very informative webpage in different languages. 
Information on their history is to find at: http://herend.com/en/manufactory/history
Information on the manufacturing and decorating of Herend porcelain is to find at:  
http://herend.com/en/manufactory/technology/

The Herend Porcelain Manufactory produced a series of four top-quality half dolls, depicting women in folcloristic Hungarian costumes. The dolls were made about 1935-40 (judging from the mark inside of the base of the dolls). Any input on the dating of the Herend mark and informations on the ethnic or national costumes would be much appreciated. 


The half doll lady in the impressive white headscarf with red painted pattern and the overlapping pleated collar measures 15.5 cm (6.1") in height, the half doll lady with the red headscarf with white polka dots is 10.5 cm (4.1") tall. The lady with the golden cap appears to be a dancer; she measures 15 cm (6") in height.

Sonntag, 22. April 2012

CHARLIE CHAPLIN - THE TRAMP - HALF DOLL


“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
― Charles Chaplin
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin,  (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his work during the silent film era. He became the most famous film star in the world before the end of World War I. His most famous role was that of The Tramp, which he first played in the comedy "Kid Auto Races at Venice" in 1914. "The Tramp" is a vagrant with the refined manners, clothes, and dignity of a gentleman. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Chaplin the 10th greatest male screen legend of all time.

More information on his life and work is to find in the Official “Charlie Chaplin” Website at: http://www.charliechaplin.com/


This cute half doll resp. pin cushion doll depicts “The Tramp” in his baggy pants, the big shoes, a cane, a derby hat and a small moustache. The "full figural" half doll was made by Carl Schneiders Erben (=heirs) of Gräfenthal/Thuringia, marked with their brand mark, known as “entwined G” (an uncrowned 'G' mark with the double-headed arrow) and measures 5.5 cm (2.1”) in height.

Mittwoch, 11. April 2012

CATS, DOGS AND HALF DOLL LADIES

This post is showing half doll ladies in combination with dogs or cats and additional a few "full figural half dolls" in the form of cats and dogs. The "full figurals" have two or four holes in the base, and served as handles (toppers) for pin cushions or for fluffy swans down powder puffs for face powder or beauty powder, which was sold in cardboard boxes.


The Art Deco lady in a blue dress was made by an (still) unknown German manufacturer and measures 10.5 cm (4.1") in height.- The blond lady in a white dress was made by Galluba & Hofmann and is a scarce half doll. Related half dolls were made by Hertwig of Katzhütte and Weiß, Kühnert & Co., but the quality of the Galluba & Hofmann lady is much finer. - The lady in the yellow dress is a nicely done modern reproduction. The origin and the maker of this doll is unknown. - The comical little French bulldog with long ears once was sewed to the top of a straw-filled pincushion, whose old fabric has disintegrated over the years.


The Art Deco half doll with the blonde mohair wig was made by Fasold & Stauch and looks related to the lady in an old  French postcard.


The photo shows a cute half doll in the form of a young girl dressed in a molded white bonnet with shades of yellow. The girl holds a grey and white cat with a pink neckband (size is: 7.5 cm / 3" in height). The doll was made by Galluba & Hofmann of Ilmenau/Thuringia. - The Art Deco lady in a yellow dress with the black and white cat is a scarce French-made half doll, probably made by Henri Delcourt of Boulogne-sur-Mer/France. -  The funny little black cat with a red bow is a so-called "full figural half-doll". It is attached to an original old swans down powder puff from the 20s or 30s. The comical white cat with big green eyes once was the topper resp. the handle of a pin cushion.


This powder or vanity box is a "half doll related" figurine. The very elegant dressed Art Deco lady and her neat King Charles Spaniel are sitting atop of a trunk. The trunk serves as box, the lid lifts off. This exceptional fine powder box was made by Fasold & Stauch . The Art Deco lady looks closely related to the beautiful Fasold & Stauch Art Deco half doll ladies shown in my previous posts (.... therefore: a "half doll related figurine"). Size is: height 12.5 cm (5") x width 9.5 cm (3.75")

Dienstag, 3. April 2012

CHARLES DICKENS - "VERY BRITISH" HALF DOLL LADIES

This respectable half doll lady may represent a character in one of the novels by Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English writer who is generelly regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and the creator of some of thr world's most memorable fictional characters (for instance, DAVID COPPERFIELD).


I`m assuming that the half doll could be a presentation of Sarah or Sairey Gamp from Dickens “Martin Chuzzlewit”. To me she looks similar to the “Sairey Gamp” figurines and plates made by Royal Doulton in England. However, I´m not an expert in Charles Dickens novels or characters and can be wrong with my assumption. Whomever she may represent, it is an amazingly fine and detailed made half doll.  Both dolls introduced in this post are made by A.W.Fr. Kister of Scheibe-Alsbach/Thuringia. 


The half doll lady with long brown ringlet curls is dressed in a sculpted cape or pelerine with blue stripes. Her sack, hanging from her arm, is seen beneath the ruffle of her cape. The bonnet is securely fastened with a large bow under her chins. It appears that her hands are clasped around the applied handle of an umbrella (which would be hidden under her cape). The caricature of Sarah Gamp was popular with the British public and umbrellas became known as gamps.  The half doll measures 13 cm (5.1”) in height and width. The incised mark D.345 is to find under the cape.


Her well-dressed “twin sister” took off her cape.  She is having tea-time and holds a cup and a saucer. This doll is unmarked.


Montag, 26. März 2012

HALF DOLL LADIES MADE BY CARL THIEME OF POTSCHAPPEL-DRESDEN

The webpage of the still existing  "Saxon porcelain manufactory of Carl Thieme zu Potschappel-Dresden" reads :
"The manufactory was founded in 1872 and is still keeping alive the long tradition of European porcelain art. Few skilful shapers and painters are manufacturing delicate porcelain items purely by hand."
"In the 19th century, there were many porcelain painters in Saxony who did their job at home and brought many new impulses to the traditional porcelain art. They creatively decorated white porcelain bought somewhere else. One of them, Carl Thieme, decided to manufacture his own white pieces. For this reason, he founded the today’s Saxon Porcelain Manufactory in Potschappel in the year 1872. On September 17th 1872 he began with the production of decorative porcelain and man-made porcelain. A broken wall bracket was registered as very first model."
 Please read more at :  http://www.dresden-porcelain.com/manufaktur/geschichte.html


The German firm of Carl Thieme produced a series of very fine half dolls, some of them with a lavishly done "Dresden flowers" decoration. The half dolls are generally unmarked. The book "The Half-Dolls with related items, makers and values, Vol. 3" written and published by Shona & Marc Lorrin, features an original old (1920s/1930s) catalogue page from Carl Thieme factory. These half doll books (Vol. 1-7) are truly a valuable source for collectors.

The half dolls are portraying Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, (16 April 1755 – 30 March 1842), who was a French painter, and is recognized as the most important female painter of the 18th century. The painting is known as "self-portait in a straw hat", done in 1782. Size of the dolls: 12 cm and 14 cm (4.75" and 5.5") in height, feathers included.


The painting shows Élisabeth of France (1764-1794) and was done by Vigée Le Brun in 1782. Élisabeth of France was known as Madame Élisabeth and was the youngest sister of Louis XVI and the sister-in-law of Queen Marie-Antoinette. Madame Élisabeth was guillotined, just like her relatives. Size: 12 cm (4.75") in height (the yellow hat of my doll is chipped!)


This half doll portays Princesse Lamballe (1749-1792, born Marie Louise of Savoy), a close friend and lady in waiting of French Queen Marie-Antoinette.


This half doll by Carl Thieme copies a figurine designed in about 1760 by Franz Anton Bustelli, who worked for renown German porcelain manufacturer NYMPHENBURG. The "Thieme lady" carries a basket filled with flowers. Size: 10.5 cm (4.1") in height



This Carl Thieme half doll obviously copies an early MEISSEN (full)figurine. The Meissen lady is holding a pug dog (known as: Dame vom Mops-Orden). The Thieme half doll lady carries a basket opulently filled with hand-formed "Dresden" flowers. 


A lovely Carl Thieme half doll lady holding a fan and a flower, size: 10.5 cm (4.1")


..... and two more of Carl Thieme`s beauties, height: 12 cm (4.75")

This is an exceptional large Carl Thieme half doll. The doll shows an amazingly fine molding and painting, a superb and scarce half doll. The doll measures:  19 cm (7.5") in height.





Montag, 19. März 2012

JOSEPHINE BAKER - HALF DOLLS

Josephine Baker (Freda Josephine McDonald) was born on June 3, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a dancer, singer and actress and one of the biggest stars of the Paris Music Halls. She was given such nicknames as “Bronze Venus”, the “Black Pearl” or the “Créole Goddess”.

Josephine Baker started her career as a chorus girl in an African-American revue in Philadelphia and also appeared at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the 1920s she was hired to work on the New York musical comedies Shuffle Along and The Chocolate Dandies, but her big break came when she went to Paris in 1925 in La Revue Nègre at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. For her debut at the Folies-Bergère, she wore a belt of bananas and sang ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’. As one of the first black international stars she performed regularly at the Folies-Bergère and the Casino de Paris, as well as on numerous foreign tours.    
Josephine Baker died aged 68, on April 12, 1975. 

Please read more on WIKIPEDIA at :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Baker 


... and to be seen on YOUTUBE: Josephine Baker`s famous BANANA DANCE at the Folies-Bergère


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This half doll representing JOSEPHINE BAKER was made by Fasold & Stauch of Bock-Wallendorf/Thuringia. A similar doll is illustrated in an original old catalogue of this Thuringian porcelain manufacturer. The doll in the catalogue is marked with incised number *7797*, while the doll in my photo bears the incised number *7794* (size: 7.4 cm/3" in height). The doll was made in two sizes with two different mold numbers, *7797* measures 5" in height. Half dolls representing Josephine Baker are coming rarely up for sale.


This figurine is in fact a half doll, not a full figurine. Both, the doll and the brown legs are sewed to a pin cushion, which is hidden under her original old bast skirt. The half doll legs with silver painted shoes are molded to a white porcelain base with an egg-shaped container (can be used as flower vase, for brushes, pencils or whatever). Her hair is painted in silver. The doll is identified as being made by Gebr. Heubach (Bros. Heubach) of Lichte/Thuringia. Height of the figurine is 16 cm/6.3". The figurine is very scarce, particularly in this complete and "all original" condition. (THANKS, DANNY!)

Montag, 12. März 2012

MATA HARI HALF DOLLS - ANTIQUES, REPROS AND FAKES

Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, better known by the stage name : MATA HARI, was a Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and accused spy, whose name has become a synonym for the seductive female spy. She was born on August 7, 1876 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and  executed on October 15, 1917 by a French firing squad under charges of spying for Germany during World War I. The nature and extent of her espionage activities (double agency) remain uncertain, and her guilt is widely contested.

Please read more on WIKIPEDIA at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Hari


Fasold & Stauch, who was located in Bock-Wallendorf/Thuringia manufactured a series of half dolls in different sizes portraying Mata Hari. The black/white photo is an excerpt of an old Fasold & Stauch catalogue, showing one of their Mata Hari dolls alongside with a doll portraying Josephine Baker.  The catalogue page shows primarily Art Deco ladies; therefore I would date it to about 1920-1925.


Bruno Schmidt of Waltershausen/Thuringia, a well-known producer of dolls and half-dolls, made this lovely Mata Hari half doll about 1920-30. The doll is marked with his "heart mark".

Three photos are taken from the book THE HALF DOLL by Shona & Marc Lorrin, Vol. 7

BEWARE! The blonde half doll is antique and probably a Mata Hari half doll made by Weiss, Kühnert & Co./Thuringia (described in a Weiss, Kühnert & Co. catalogue as Arabian dancer). The reproductions and fakes in the photo (number 1,2,3)are recently made in Thuringia from re-worked original molds (forms) and showing up with a golden or silver brassiere as well as INCISED mold numbers.  
Shona & Marc Lorrin, author of a series of books on half dolls “The Half dolls and related items, makers and values, Vols.1-7)” described the difference between antique and these repros and fakes in their book Vol. 7 as following: 
“The original models all had bras painted in (dull) gold (some were fired and some were cold painted); NONE of the originals had silver bras and NONE had the split arm bracelet seen here."
Apart from that, NONE of the original half dolls shows both, a painted red lid line AND a painted eye shadow; NONE of the original antique  Mata Hari half dolls was made with a bird or parrot molded to the hand. NONE of the antique half dolls shows such a plump and clumsy bird molded to the hand, arm, shoulder or whatever. 
The Mundial Company from Belgium recently copied the Thuringian Mata Hari repros and fakes. The collectors` markets and eBay auctions are now “overflooded” with these Mata Hari repro/fake dolls with a golden or silver brassiere, sew-holes and no holes in the base, incised numbers to imitate the genuine antique German dolls, some with a feather in the hair springing out of a hole in the head etc. etc. 
The statement of the German/Thuringian reproducer/repro dealer (owner of a large number of original Weiss, Kühnert & Co. molds/forms, who sells reproductions and fakes on eBay as "old" or "antique"): "after 1922 it was forbidden in Germany to produce Mata Hari figurines" can  be considered to be a "laughingstock".

Article of a German magazine "Revue of the month,  Juli 1927" on female spies

Dienstag, 6. März 2012

DRESSEL & KISTER MEDIEVAL HALF DOLL, A DANCING LADY AND A HAREM DANCER


The half doll is from a series of excellent done medieval half dolls by Dressel & Kister of Passau. She shows a molded golden hairband with raised purple “jewels”. The dark-grey hair is twisted to a chignon at the backside and it is painted with finest white streaks. She measures 10.5 cm (4.1”) in height and is marked inside the base with the blue bishop`s crozier as well as "Germany".


This nude dancer (or bathing beauty) striking a known Dressel & Kister pose is likewise from their medieval series. These dancing ladies were made in china porcelain and in bisque in a variety of sizes. The dancer has a hole in the ball of each foot, which fit over supporting rods in a (wooden) base/stand. The wooden base is quite often lost to the time. The molding of the figurine, particularly the muscular body and the painting are excellent and very fine done. These figurines are commonly UNMARKED (no incised number and no bishop`s staff).


This is a similar dancing lady made by Dressel & Kister, but she is dressed in a molded harem outfit with turban and slippers. The figurine retains it original wooden stand. The figurine shows excellent molded features and painting is all over amazingly fine done. She measures 30 cm (11.8") in height without the stand. The figurine is unmarked.


BEWARE! On the first glance this figurine appears to be made by Dressel & Kister, but this it is definitively NOT a Dressel & Kister figurine! This is a modern reproduction resp. a copy molded to a blue ball with painted golden stars. These figurines are made in "low cost" quality with a "poor" molding and "blurred" painting. "Clumsy" features rather than finest manufactured features. The figurine is marked with an incised mark 581625 under the base, most likely to create the appearance of an "antique German figurine". These kind of figurines are supposed to be MADE IN CHINA. They are just making their appearance on eBay (Belgium, France and Germany etc.). ORIGINAL dancing figurines from Dressel & Kister / Passau are NOT molded to a "kitschy" ball. They either have a wooden stand or a round base made of porcelain (for those made in the largest size).