This gorgeous pre WWII half doll is from the Lilli and RomanBaitz factory of Germany. She is signed “Baitz “and has her name, “Kate” and “Germany” as impressed marks on her. Included in this auction are, what I believe to be, her original fine bisque arms. As are most Baitz dolls, she is made of a plaster like material with a smoothly painted finish. Her finely modeled features were painted to give her face character and a bit of haughtiness. Her brown eyes are glancing down to her left. “Kate” is one of the harder to find named Baitz half dolls.Recently there were two major museum exhibits displaying the fine design work of Lilli Baitz. Her work is gaining recognition around the world. Lilli trained in art schools in Florence, Munich and Vienna. The Nazi’s took over her Berlin factory in 1938. Sadly, she committed suicide in 1942 to prevent being “deported”. After the war some of her former employees started the newer company that makes the unrelated small dolls labeled “Baitz “in her honor. For more information, you may enjoy, on Lilli Baitz , I have included a link to a rough translation of an article about her.
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