London, South Kensington
1 May 2007
A china shoulder-head fortune telling doll for the German Market
with painted black hair and blue eyes, china lower limbs, red wool hooded cape and skirt decorated with coins, sequins and braid, multi-coloured card fortunes under skirt and label on dress 'Jedermann kann lesen in meines Kleiders Falten. Wie sich sein schlicksal wird gestalten' --7in. (18cm.) high (one foot missing)
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Translation of label 'Everyone can read in the folds of my dress what the future will hold'.
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