China-Head doll, "Adeline Patti 1843-1919"c. 1865, enameled breast head, wide, raised breast plate with 2 sewing holes, short neck, blue painted eyes, red mouth, black painted modelled hairstyle: middle parting, hair with modelled strands over the ears, the ears are half modelled with a ring of combedcurly hair, typical hairstyle of A. Patti, jointed fabric body, leather arms and hands with stitched down fingers, fabric legs and feet, bordeaux-red dress in old style, 58 cm, see also: "A pictorial reference guide for german china", M. Krombolz, page 251
Adelina Patti (10 February 1843 ? 27 September 1919) was an Italian 19th-century opera singer, earning huge fees at the height of her career in the music capitals of Europe and America. She first sang in public as a child in 1851, and gave her last performance before an audience in 1914. Along with her near contemporaries Jenny Lind and Thérèse Tietjens, Patti remains one of the most famous sopranos in history, owing to the purity and beauty of her lyrical voice and the unmatched quality of her bel canto technique.
The composer Giuseppe Verdi, writing in 1877, described her as being perhaps the finest singer who had ever lived and a "stupendous artist". Verdi's admiration for Patti's talent was shared by numerous music critics and social commentators of her era.
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