Welcome to the terrifying world of Piano Babies

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Welcome to the terrifying world of Piano Babies

Words by Mixdown Staff

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Although for some reason they seem to have fallen out of fashion, by the late 19th Century piano babies were very popular. These somewhat frightening porcelain dolls were used as weights to hold down the shawl that often served as a piano dust cover.

The piano babies were made largely in Germany and from bisque porcelain, ranging in size from six to 18 inches. The most famous maker of these figures was Gebrüder Heubach, a German company that by 1863 had opened their own school of porcelain sculpting, helping to train people in the art of creating expressive infant faces and realistic poses.

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