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Baby Armand Marseille 341/2
Antique Baby Armand Marseille 341/2, with clothes and head made of bisque (porcelain). This doll came with a small crack at the nape of the neck like its chipped hands. It has been restored, leaving it in perfect condition. The body is the original and is in impeccable condition. The eyes are pendulous and glass. It measures about 29 cm.
On the nape of the neck it is branded AM 341/2, also called My Dream Baby. Attributed to the German brand of Armand Marseille.
Firstly, Armand Marseille born in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in 1856 later emigrated with his family to Thuringia in Germany. In 1885, he bought the Liebermann and Wegescher porcelain factory in Köppelsdorf and started making bisque doll heads and the business grew to great success, as a result he became one of the largest German bisque doll head manufacturers.
Generally, the 34th Armand Marseille Mould is called My Dream Baby. It was a bisque head with a closed mouth and a body with, in this case, clothing.
Understandably, Germany was the most prolific country in the world in terms of doll making due to people like Armand and its collectors having received their greatest legacy.
Generally, Germany was the most prolific country in the world in terms of doll making and it’s collectors have received a great legacy.
In general, bisque doll heads were made in the same way as other bisque products just like Baby Armand Marseille 341/2 .
Earlier bisque heads were more likely to have been pressed than dumped. The liquid preparation could have been stained or white.
Oin short referred to by collectors as “Parian” paste, it could also be soft paste or hard porcelain paste.
Furthermore, It was similar to the manufacturing process for making cookie heads. First, a mixture of kaolin (a white clay) with water was left to macerate, until a fine mixture was obtained.
Usually, Large doll manufacturing companies produced all kinds of dolls in a large number of designs and materials.
Like Baby Armand Marseille 341/2, Mineral pigments were used to paint the heads. Two layers of pale pink were applied all over the head and neck. Then the cheeks, lips, nostrils, brown eyes and eyelashes were painted before the second baking, at a lower temperature ensuring their permanence.
The Golden Age of the German Dolls lasted 75 years, especially from the mid-nineteenth century to the first quarter of the 20th century. XX. During this time, German brands came to dominate the global doll market thanks to the huge variety of models and their competitive prices.
The vast majority of German doll makers were in the southeastern province of Thuringia which is the sixth smallest state of the country situated in central germany..
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