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image of Doll with China Head Doll with China Head
Rendered by Mary Porter (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper
overall: 42 x 33.4 cm (16 9/16 x 13 1/8 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.15504
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 15 of 26

The fashions and tastes of a particular era may often be reflected in its dolls. This Parian bisque doll, dated between 1840 and 1860, wears a costume of sprigged wool challis edged with coordinated braid; the bonnet is velvet edged with black fringe. The style dates from about 1850 when patterned fabrics such as this were fashionable. The doll's hairstyle imitates one popular with children between the 1830s and 1860s.

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