National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Doll in Plaid Dress Doll in Plaid Dress
Rendered by Beverly Chichester (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, and graphite on paper
overall: 42.5 x 27.9 cm (16 3/4 x 11 in.) Original IAD Object: 18 1/2" high
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 16 of 26

This china-headed doll has a particularly lovely costume. The dress is plaid silk taffeta; it is worn over a petticoat of tan alpaca trimmed with blue silk bands. The pantalettes are of cotton with eyelet embroidery. The doll's hairstyle makes her a collector's item; china dolls with a knot on the head are rare. This feature, however, is almost completely hidden by the silk bonnet. This doll has a cloth body and arms and feet of kid. The head is glazed porcelain. China-head dolls were first made in Europe around 1750 but did not become extremely popular until the 1840s. This doll dates from 1840–1850. Often the heads were imported to America and used on American-made dolls' bodies.

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