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.


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