As early as the 17th century, French fashion houses dressed miniature mannequins in small ensembles to promote the latest in Parisian couture. When 19th-century fashion journals replaced these little fashion emissaries, a French doll-making industry emerged, essentially repurposing the figures-high fashions and all-as playthings for young girls. Manufacturers developed innovative doll-making techniques to articulate the dolls, enabling children to undress and redress the dolls with ease. These jointed dolls perfectly suited the extensive wardrobes and lavish accessories in the latest styles that the doll makers offered. This doll wears a fashionable ecru faille bodice and skirt, embellished with olive green pleated trim, lace, decorative buttons, and a feathered cap to match. The skirt is gathered and full in the back, a style that was in vogue for much of the Victorian Era.


  • Title: Doll:French Fashion doll
  • Creator: Rohmer
  • Date Created: ca. 1870
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Type: Dolls from the Nineteenth Century, Fashion Dolls
  • Medium: porcelain, kid, glass, mohair, paint, faille, cotton, lace, feather, leather
  • Object ID: 79.8249

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