Kewpie dolls come from the comics produced by Rose O’Neill in America – first started in 1909. O’Neill described her ideal for Kewpie to be a “sort of round fairy whose one idea is to teach people to be merry and kind”. Just why Kewpie is always depicted as naked except for red shoes with underwear an optional extra has never been explained.
This Kewpie figurine is unusual in that it has gilt flourishes- very rare for 1920s pieces- and she is wearing a box brownie camera. Some sort of junior reporter or budding photographer? The figurine is also very detailed for a 20s hand-painted piece- particularly the face and hair.
A must for all kewpie collectors, the figurine is in excellent condition and is for sale: $AUD75