• Property from the Collection o auction at Christies

    Sale 7819

    Property from the Collection of HRH The Prince George, Duke of Kent KG, KT, and HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent CI, GCVO and their families

    20 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 336

    A CHINA HEADED DOLL

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A CHINA HEADED DOLL
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    With moulded black hair, painted blue upwards-glancing eyes, painted features, wearing a bottle green dress embroidered with floral motifs with lace trim around the sleeves and neck and cotton underclothes
    9 in. (23 cm.) high


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    The doll is accompanied by a photocopied note and a letter. The note reads 'This doll was dressed by Princess May of Teck (now our queen) and sold at a bazaar by herself in the Corn Exchange in September 1885. She was the guest of the Countess of Tankerville and the Bazaar was in aid of the Bethnal Green Mission.' The letter reads 'Dear Marie [?] as you are my little joy I think I will give it to you, perhaps Mother will dress it afresh for you. With lots of kisses and a happy Xmas from you loving Aunt Mary Paston [?].'

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    Provenance

    Sold by Princess May of Teck, later Queen Mary (1867-1953) at a bazaar in aid of the Bethnal Green Mission, September 1885.