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Simon Halbig, 1890

Tete Jumeaus, 1890


Tete Jumeaus, 1890

Our Storefront exhibit of French bisque dolls

French & German Bisque Dolls

French antique bisque head dolls, manufactured between 1870 and 1910, are highly sought after by the serious collector.  The dolls, generally modeled after 4-year-old children, are characterized by jointed composition bodies, bisque turning heads, large stationary paper weight eyes, human hair or mohair hair and intelligent-looking, fine-quality  faces.

Emile Jumeau was the leading French doll manufacturer.  His Portrait, Triste face, E.J. and incised Jumeau dolls are highly valued.  Tete Jumeaus, although more common, are also sought by collectors.

To cope with German competition in 1899, Jumeau organized the Societe Francaise de Fabrication de Bebes et Jouets (S.F.B.J.).  French dolls on display include Jumeaus, S.F.B.J.'s, Brus, Steiners, and Rayberry & Delphieus.

Between 1870 and 1914, Germany manufactured the greatest number of dolls.  The reason for German predominance include: low wages, availability of materials, government subsidization, and manufacturing techniques.

Because of their low selling price, high numbers sold. German antique bisque head dolls have yet to achieve the value of the more rare French dolls, but are often of the same quality.

Antique German dolls on display in Yesterday's Children include, in order of value, Kestner, Kammer & Rheinhardt, Simon & Halbig, Heinrich Handwerk, Konig & Woernike, Alt Beck & Gottchalk, Bahr & Prothchilde, Schoenau & Hoffmeister, Heubach, Gebruder,  Kuhnlenz, Kley & Hahn, C.N. Bergman and Armand Marseille.



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