A Montanari poured wax doll, English, circa 1860.

Poured wax dolls originated in the 18th Century, but became particularly popular in the 1850s after Mme. Montanari displayed her wax dolls at the Great Exhibition of 1851. She was a member of a family who were amongst the leading makers in England of extremely life-like wax dolls and, with a particular interest in design and materials, she specialised in producing exquisitely dressed dolls with extensive wardrobes.

REFERENCE: TEX02513

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