doll; clothing

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Creator Unknown
Title doll; clothing
Published Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver
Identifier 65717
Language English
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Contributor Museum of Vancouver
Description From 1880 until 1914, Germany manufactured more dolls than any other nation. During that time, most of the dolls' heads were made from bisque, a ceramic material with an unglazed surface. To make them, liquid clay (slip) was cast in head moulds and fired at a high temperature to a bisque, or biscuit, state. The skin colour was applied with an overall wash, which was air-dried, and the features painted on with china paints. The head was fired again at a lower temperature. The result was a doll's head with a life-like complexion and delicate features. This doll was made about 1900 by the German company Wagner and Zetsche. Her neck bears the marks "10566 W & Z, J, Germany, 200/4". She has a bisque head, sleeping blue glass eyes with heavy lashes, an open mouth which reveals four teeth, and a blond mohair wig. Her body, which is jointed at the hips, is of white kid; her arms and lower legs, of painted composition. Her crepe de chine wedding dress is similar to the one worn by Princess Alexandria in 1863 when she married the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.
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