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Medieval Lady with Falcon doll
  • Dressel, Kister and Co.
    active 1840–1920s
  • Medieval Lady with Falcon doll, 1900
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • porcelain, glazing, cloth
  • Gift from the Rosemary Ketcham Collection
  • Not on display
  • 0000.2588
Description

This doll, depicting a medieval lady hunting with a falcon, is china from the waist up, is often called a half-doll when found without legs. This doll has a cloth body and china legs from the knee down. Hunting with falcons was enjoyed by ladies of high rank during the Middle Ages and Dressel, Kister and Company made a series of these models representing Medieval ladies. The headdress and necklace of this model are shown in the book of hand-colored engraved plates published in France in the mid 19th century by Paquet Freres. The skirt on this doll has ben replaced with material of a similar color using the original trim.