Papier-Mâché Elderly Woman

Name: Circa 1940s Papier-Mâché Elderly Woman Made by and When: Unknown artist, 1940s Material: Papier-mâché head, lower arms, and legs; mature brown cloth body, upper arms, and upper legs Marks: Unmarked Height: 13 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black mohair wig underneath a red and white headscarf, painted black eyes, closed mouth with painted red lipsContinue reading “Papier-Mâché Elderly Woman”

Harriet Tubman by Bertabel’s Dolls

Name: Harriet Tubman Made by and When: Bertabel’s Dolls (I. Roberta Bell), 1969 Material: Clay head and hands, stuffed tan silk body, arms, and legs Marks: Bertabel Dolls is on the outside of the hangtag Height: 16 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Salt and pepper hair, brown painted eyes, closed mouth with deep burgundy painted lipsContinue reading “Harriet Tubman by Bertabel’s Dolls”

Mary McLeod Bethune

Name: Mary McLeod Bethune Made by and When: I. Roberta Bell (Bertabel Dolls), 1969 Material: Porcelain head and hands with tan cloth, sawdust-filled body, arms, legs and feet Marks: Mary McLeod Bethune / ”Berta Bell” / ©1969 (incised by the artist on the back of the shoulder plate) Height: 17 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Gray wig fashionedContinue reading “Mary McLeod Bethune”