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    Lady Doll, Sanitary Fair

    Another doll from the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, this one shows extensive signs of use, most likely as a child’s toy. Little is known about the doll, although its beautifully detailed day-wear outfit, elaborate Victorian hairstyle, and dainty earrings clearly indicate it is intended to represent a grown woman rather than a child or young girl. Displayed along with the Eliza Lefferts doll in an exhibition called Early American Handicraft at the Brooklyn Museum in 1924, this doll was very recently rediscovered in the Museum’s Decorative Arts holdings and is shown here for the first time in eighty-five years.

    • Manufacturer: Attributed to Alt, Beck, & Gottshalch, 1854-1913
    • Medium: Bisque porcelain, glaze, tinted glaze, paint, glass, adhesive, undyed cotton, horsehair, vegetable tanned leather, cotton, silk, mother-of-pearl, wool, glazed (?) cotton
    • Dates: ca. 1864
    • Dimensions: 27 1/2 x 17 x 4 1/2 in. (69.9 x 43.2 x 11.4 cm)
    • Markings: Typewritten paper label pinned to the inside bottom edge of skirt: "DOLL BOUGHT AT THE SANITARY FAIR, 1864/Gift of Mrs. Thomas H. Beardsley/15139 (handwritten in ink)"; tag handwritten in pencil: "15139" sewn to bottom edge of jacket.
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 24.577
    • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Thomas H. Beardsley
    • Caption: Attributed to Alt, Beck, & Gottshalch (1854-1913). Lady Doll, Sanitary Fair, ca. 1864. Bisque porcelain, glaze, tinted glaze, paint, glass, adhesive, undyed cotton, horsehair, vegetable tanned leather, cotton, silk, mother-of-pearl, wool, glazed (?) cotton, 27 1/2 x 17 x 4 1/2 in. (69.9 x 43.2 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Thomas H. Beardsley, 24.577. Creative Commons-BY
    • Record Completeness: Poor (16%)
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