Wax Portrait Doll of Carmel Myers of the Silent Screen with Original Ambassador Art Shop Label
19”(48 cm.) Wax shoulder head turned sharply to the right and upward,black painted bobbed hair,brown outlined side-glancing eyes,closed mouth with very full lips,wrapped armature body,and having lavish original crepe paper costume . Condition: generally excellent,some fading of costume. Comments: the doll portrays Carmel Myers (1899-1980),the silent film star most noted for her roles as a vamp. Circa 1920s,a series of actress and celebrity dolls,generally costumed in crepe paper fantasies,were sold in The Art Shop of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; at that time,the Coconut Grove night club at the hotel was the “in”club where glitterati gathered. According to some research,the dolls were both sold in the gift store,and also appeared as centerpiece dolls on prestige tables in the Coconut Grove. Each represented a celebrity actress of the day. Value Points: very rare doll with original costume,beautifully-preserved.