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Katie the Tightrope Walker porcelain collectible Circus Doll

Porcelain soft body, Limited Edition
List price: $89.00
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Katie the Tightrope Walker is an original issue in the McClelland Children's Circus collection based on the original artwork of acclaimed child portraitist John McClelland and produced by Reco International under the hallmark of the Knowles China Company. She has green painted eyes and stands, from pointed toe to top of carefully prepared hair bun, approximately 12 inches tall. She comes with a stand, the base of which is a ring in the circus, with painted and textured "sand" and a rope upon which this little tightrope walker balances. The base is approximately 6 inches in diameter. She comes with the umbrella shown, which opens and closes, and keeps her steady as she proceeds with her act! Katie is dressed in a soft pink bodysuit with satin rosebud accents and a layered pink tulle tutu. Her tights and ballet slippers are hand-painted, with satin straps. The artist's name is engraved on her back, and she is hand numbered at the base of her neck. The bottom of the base has felt applied and is also hallmarked.

John McClelland is a Georgia born artist who studied art in Sarasota, Florida, home of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He would sketch the circus performers and the animals under the tutelage of the great portraitist Jerry Farnsworth. McClelland's work is seen in magazines, collectors plates, and in these dolls, which belong to the legacy of circus dolls dating back to the turn of the 20th century when A. Schoenhut & Company designed a wooden Humpty Dumpty Circus collection. Two of the featured female dolls in this collection were the Lady Acrobat and the Lady Circus Rider. Little Katie is a charming little Circus Ballerina, who perhaps aspires to be one of these two iconic female circus performers.

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