Piano babies German bisque figurines which famously graced Victorian and Edwardian parlours during those eras.
Today, piano babies continue to be popular among collectors. The markets have been described as being “consistently vibrant” by examiner.com.
Today, many doll specialising manufacturers produce piano babies are nostalgia items.
Collectors are advised by experts to distinguish between original German piano babies and contemporary reproductions.
Features of original dolls include raised painting, offered more ‘three dimensionality’ to original dolls than ‘flatter’ reproductions.
Also, intaglio eyes on antique piano babies have a large concave indentation. This fills most of the iris, along with raised white highlights. The irises tend to be grey/blue or sometimes brown with a blue/grey purple.
Reproductions tend to lack this level of detail, normally with flat-painted eyes.
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