"Lady in Provincial Costuming" is a 17 1/2" (including base) lovely ART half doll figure with graceful bisque lower arms that was manufactured in Berlin, Germany, by Lilli Baitz (Elisabeth Schreiber) and her husband Roman Baitz circa the 1920's-on, perhaps earlier. Her plaster-type composition shoulder head and bisque arms are attached to a solidly stuffed cloth torso and legs that are attached to a circular base that is labeled "L. R Baitz// Berlin" on its fabric wrapped bottom. Lady is an alluring half doll with single stroke dark brown brows, flirtatious side-glancing blue eyes lined in black, an aquiline modeled nose detailed with red nostrils, blush, and ruby red lips posed in a welcoming smile. Her fine ash blonde mohair wig ( a bit sparse/awry on its backside) is styled in an up-do with braid detailing. Lady's composition sustains light soil and a few rubs to its painting from age and storage, but retains much of its original bright coloring. She is dressed in provincial costuming that suffers fading (blue skirt), spotting (apron), and discoloration from age and storage (undergarments). Her shoes and base are dusty. More notably worn and torn are her stockings. Lady still carries her hankie in her right hand, and wears her original bejeweled necklace (tarnished) and gem pendant on her bodice, though one of the silver buttons on her bodice is missing. "Lady in Provincial Costuming" is a stunning and significant historical artist ART half doll figure created by the talented, and yet tragic, Lilli Baitz whose business was ultimately confiscated during World War II.
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