London, South Kensington
3 December 2001
A Jopi teddy bear
with long silver grey mohair, brown and black glass eyes, pronounced clipped muzzle, pink stitched nose, brown stitched claws, swivel head, jointed shaped limbs, cream velvet pads and squeaker --19in. (48cm.) tall, 1920s (the original mohair colour of pale blue/green has now faded to silver grey)
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The illustration for this lot is wrongly labelled as 201 in the printed catalogue.
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