Late in the 19th century, French, German, and Japanese doll makers produced all-bisque dolls for the American market. These dolls came in sizes ranging from just an inch or two up to 12 or 15 inches. Some all-bisque dolls were made of one mold. Others had a head and torso of one piece, and arms and legs held in place by elastic cord. Still others had a torso and legs, and separate molds for the arms and head. Or dolls came together in six pieces: head, torso, two arms, and two legs. Once assembled, these dolls received painted details for eyes, nose, mouth, complexion, and, many instances, stockings and shoes or boots. Many dolls were sold undressed; others appeared in retail stores fully clothed.


  • Title: Doll
  • Creator: Kestner & Co.
  • Date Created: 1870-1930
  • Location: Germany
  • Type: Dolls from the Nineteenth Century, Dolls from the Early Twentieth Century
  • Medium: bisque, paint, glass, mohair, ribbon
  • Object ID: 78.12663

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