Name: Celley or Calley (handwritten on doll’s neck)
Made by and When: Barbara J. Larsen (a.k.a. Barbara Larsen), 1992
Material: Painted and gessoed cloth face, sturdily-stuffed brown cloth body, arms, and legs
Marks: (Signed by the artist on the neck) Barb Larsen/1992/Celley/11/16/92. [Celley could be Calley; the handwriting is difficult to discern.)
Height: 22 inches
Hair/Eyes/Mouth: The hair is made of gessoed or stiffened strips of fabric accented with royal blue ribbons/painted brown side-glancing eyes/smiling, closed mouth
Clothes: Off-white rose-print dress with blue grosgrain ribbon at the drop waist, antique-lace-trimmed white pantaloons, white socks, off-white shoes
Other: The doll has a downward gaze with a shy facial expression. This head sculpt was used on other Larsen dolls that were dressed differently, with different hairstyles, and given different names. Male dolls in this fashion were also made by the artist. View the slideshow below.
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