Antique Rare German Snowed Half Doll Christmas Candy Container Book Example
Antique German Half Doll Candy Container. Bisque-Snow on Hat and Vest. Book reference: This rare snowed Galluba half doll candy container is pictured in vol. 1 The Half Doll book (Shona Lorrin) p 110. Original clothes, made by the Galluba seamstresses, can be seen in that photo, same clothes as this doll.
All hand-made, the outfit has 3 layers: Sheer floral outer-skirt with layers of applied ribbon, all hand sewn. Apron with pleated ribbon and hand-made lace trim. Slip also trimmed with hand-made lace in a different pattern. See the close-up pictures of the beautiful lace.
The box is silk-covered as well, inside and out a special touch not usually found on candy containers. If you peek up under her bonnet you'll see that her hair is styled in a German braid wrapped around her head. Rare pink snow on bonnet, both inside and out.
White snow on blouse, with hand-painted accents. The good news is: just about all of the snow is intact, a testament to how well these early (pre- WWI) snow dolls were made. These early snow girls were fired, not cold painted, so the paint doesn't wear. The snow was even glazed and fired separately before application, which is why it tends to stay clean and intact.
Some breakage to silk apron (last photo, top). Everywhere else, silk is fine. The uneven edges on the hat are how it was made, that is not damage. A couple of tiny dark spots which appear to be misplaced paint, in the white snow. Candy container strong and sturdy.
Expertly modeled, look at those perfect little hands, with one thumb. No detail was spared on these early pre-war snow babies. How were the early snow figures made?
The snow was created by putting big pieces of fired bisque into a large pot-like contraption called a ball mill. Big, heavy stone balls were added to the mill, then the container was rolled round and round, till the balls crushed the bisque into snow. Timing was important of course to get the right size of snow. To ensure it would stay clean, the snow was glazed and fired.
The snow was then patted into the wet clay model, making sure it was liberally applied, and then it was glazed once again and fired on. A very labor intensive process, a labor of love, really. Daylight bulbs used for accurate color but monitor colors may vary.
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I value my customers and always do my best to ensure you have a pleasant shopping experience; thank you for your patronage. The item "Antique Rare German Snowed Half Doll Christmas Candy Container Book Example" is in sale since Thursday, January 31, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Holiday & Seasonal\Other Holiday Collectibles". The seller is "sussexcountyantiques" and is located in Stanhope, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Year: 1910
- Occasion: Christmas
- Handmade: Yes
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Germany