Today we are delighted to offer for sale a wonderful pair of chalkware Kewpie dolls from the 1920s!
Kewpie dolls were invented by Rose O’Neill around 1913, and were designed to be given as carnival prizes. Through the years, the material the dolls were made from changed, including chalkware, bisque and celluloid.
These two cuties date to the 1920s or early 1930s and are crafted of chalkware, with crepe paper bonnets/head scarves and long mohair wigs, one of blonde hair, the other of black hair. Each girl wears a bashful, wide-eyed expression, and points to the red heart painted on her chest. They have rosy cheeks and red blush spots on their stomachs. The blonde doll has a braid in her hair. Both have the small, iconic Kewpie wings on their backs. They are unmarked on the undersides of their round bases, but are clearly chalkware Kewpie prizes, no doubt cherished by some little girl after an exciting day at the fair.
Dolls present in very good antique condition, with wear, discoloration and scuffing commensurate with age, play and storage, but no major damage. They do not have clothes aside from their headscarves, which we did not attempt to remove. Wigs may have some damage underneath. Some chipping of paint is present; please review all photos.
Dimensions/each: appx. 8-1/2″ in height, 3-1/8″ in width (at widest point), 2″ in base diameter