Mittwoch, 29. Februar 2012

ART DECO FASHION LADIES - HALF DOLLS BY FASOLD & STAUCH


THESE ELEGANT LADIES REFLECTING THE JAZZ AGE OR THE ROARING TWENTIES ARE ORIGINATING FROM A SERIES OF "TOPNOTCH" ART DECO HALF DOLLS MADE BY FASOLD & STAUCH, WHO WAS LOCATED IN BOCK-WALLENDORF/THURINGIA AND IS BEST-KNOWN TO COLLECTORS AS A PROLIFIC MANUFACTURER OF HALF DOLLS, BATHING BEAUTIES, AND AMAZING POWDER BOXES AND POWDER DISHES.
SIZE OF THE DOLLS IS: 11.5 to 12.5 cm (4.5" to 5") IN HEIGHT

Samstag, 25. Februar 2012

... and A LIPSTICK GIRL - ART DECO HALF DOLL


This half doll lady of the roaring 20s applies lipstick and holds a lipstick case. The inside of the top of the case is painted in silver and looks just like a real mirror.

Make-up in the 1920s was characterized by its use to create a specific look - lips painted in the shape of a “Cupid's bow”, kohl-rimmed eyes, and bright cheeks brushed with bright red blush. Dark red lipstick was popular in the 1920s. In 1884, the history's first commercial lipstick wrapped in silk paper was introduced by perfumers in Paris, France. By 1915, lipstick was sold in cylinder metal containers, which had been invented by Maurice Levy. Women had to slide a tiny lever at the side of the tube with the edge of their fingernail to move the lipstick up to the top of the case. In 1923, the first swivel-up tube was patented by James Bruce Mason Jr. in Nashville, Tennessee. The development of the mirrored lipstick container in the 1920s also points to the importance of shaping the lips through the application of lipstick.

The Art Deco half doll lady with brown bobbed hair, heavy outlined eyes and a blue flapper cloche (hat) was manufactured by Fasold & Stauch of Bock-Wallendorf in Thuringia. She is part of their series of lovely detailed made Art Deco half doll ladies (Flapper ladies or Garconnes, just like stepped out of the 1920s fashion magazines). Size is: 11.5 cm (4.5”).


Freitag, 24. Februar 2012

ART DECO HALF DOLL LADY WITH POWDER COMPACT


"SHOULD I KEEP A LITTLE POWDER FOR YOU?"

The half doll represents a lady of the roaring 20s, who powders her face with a powder compact and a sponge.

It is said that the comfortable compact powder-cases with sponges were invented in 1923 and manufactured by the English Company Laughton & Sons.

 
The Art Deco half doll lady with black bobbed hair and the blue flapper cloche (hat) was made by Hertwig of Katzhuette. The doll is illustrated in the old Hertwig catalogues in three different sizes. The lady in the photo measures 13.5 cm (5.3”) in height, this is the largest size.

Mittwoch, 22. Februar 2012

MADEMOISELLE CAMARGO - A FRENCH/BELGIAN BALLET DANCER

Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo (15 April 1710, Brussels –28 April 1770, Paris) was a French/Belgian dancer. The first woman to execute the entrechat quatre, Camargo was also responsible for two innovations in ballet as she was the first dancer to wear slippers instead of heeled shoes, and she was the first female to wear the short calf-length ballet skirt and the now standardized ballet tights. In her time she appeared in 78 ballets or operas, always to the delight of the public. Nicolas Lancret painted a famous portrait of her that exists in several versions.

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

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Several German porcelain manufacturers produced figurines and half dolls representing Mademoiselle Camargo based on this painting by Lancret.
The figurine in a white dress with the lavishly pink flower arrangement on her dress and in her hair, as well as the half doll with pink flowers in the hair are made by Dressel & Kister/Passau. The half doll retains her old pink dress made of cloth and is assembled to a lace-trimmed oval-shaped base. 


The figurine in a blue dress is likewise made with a lavishly arranged flower decoration. She was manufactured by Aelteste Volkstedt. The decoration of the matching Volkstedt half doll (dressed in blue) representing "Camargo" is somewhat less artistically done without any flower embellishment on her dress or in her hair, but is despite a beautiful half doll in fine quality.

Sonntag, 12. Februar 2012

" GLASS BEAD GAME " - HALF DOLL LADIES BY HERTWIG

The application of iridescent tiniest glass beads or glass particles is a special feature to find exclusively on half dolls made by Hertwig/Katzhuette. Hertwig embellished as well some of their bathing beauties and figurines with tiny multi-colored glass beads and produced a series of half dolls with lace trimmings. The lace is not as lavishly done as it is to find on the half dolls by Aelteste Volkstedt, but is nevertheless a very nice and appealing refinement.




A DREAM IN WHITE LACE ... HALF DOLL by THE AELTESTE VOLKSTEDT

I can`t resist to post a photo of an absolutely scarce, outstanding and exquisite half doll made by the Älteste (Aelteste) Volkstedter Porzellanmanufaktur (Oldest Volkstedter Porcelain Manufactory), even though she is not in my collection (sigh!). This “dream in lace” is in the collection of my friends from Tulsa/OK. What a fantastic find! The lace trimmed half doll in the second photo was likewise made by the Älteste Volkstedt. These intricately decorated half dolls with white lace trimmings have been a specialty of this still existing Thuringian porcelain manufacturer. They are coming rarely up for sale, particularly with fairly intact laces. The delicate laces are made of porcelain-soaked fabrics. When fired in the kiln, the high temperature hardens the porcelain and the fabric dissolves.



This half doll portays PRINCESSE DE LAMBALLE

Dienstag, 7. Februar 2012

TITIAN'S LAVINIA - GIRL WITH A FRUIT BASKET

Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio (c. 1488/1490 – 27 August 1576) known as Titian or in Germany as Tizian was an Italian painter, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. One of his masterpieces is the painting "GIRL WITH A BASKET OF FRUITS" (completion date: 1558). The girl in the painting probably portrays Titan’s beloved daughter LAVINIA. There is a dispute amongst art experts as some of them think that the lady was is not his daughter, but his mistress, or just a beautiful young Italian lady. The painting hangs in the Staatliche Museen in Berlin.

The photo shows four different half doll renditions of LAVINIA. Three of the dolls are originating from A.W.Fr. Kister. The lady in the right lower corner was made by Galluba & Hofmann. In difference to the Kister half doll ladies is base of the Galluba half doll left unglazed. The Kister half dolls are unmarked, whilst the Galluba is marked with an incised 9392. In my opinion are the “Kisters” a "touch" better done. However, the Galluba is harder to be found.  ALL of the dolls are made in excellent quality with baskets opulently filled with fruits and flowers. Particularly interesting is the position of the baskets and the fingers which varies from doll to doll. Thus, every of these half doll ladies is "one of a kind".