Name: Joy

Made by and When: Sylvia Natterer for Gotz, 1991

Material: String-jointed vinyl

Marks: Gotz / 131 / SN (on the head; the S and the N create a superimposed design with the S in the center and the N overlapping it.

Height: 18 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: The now braided black rooted hair was originally straight as seen here; brown painted eyes, closed mouth.

Clothes: White dress with embroidered design is piped in hot pink rickrack at the bodice, at the bottom of the short sleeves, and at the hemline. Three vertical hot pink buttons accent the corner of the bodice. Joy wears white eyelet-trimmed pantaloons and white patent-leather sandals.

Other: Made by Sylvia Natterer for Gotz, Joy is from the Fanouche and Her Friends collection made in West Germany prior to the unification of Germany. When stringing is tight, the doll’s body is designed to stand unassisted and can hold different poses. A Gotz hang tag contains care instructions. A version with braided hair like the one shown here was not manufactured.



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