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Bisque Dolls

Bisque dolls are dolls made of unglazed porcelain. The porcelain is made from a mixture of clay and water that is molded into doll parts, then fired. Most of the time, color is added to the bisque to make the doll's skin color appear more realistic. Sometimes, the bisque is left white. Dolls with this white bisque skin tone are sometimes referred to as parian dolls.

Bisque dolls were first created in France in the 1860s. These dolls gained popularity throughout the later 1800s until they were the primary type of doll produced in the early 1900s. Early bisque dolls were made in France, then production moved to Germany in the 1880s and 1890s. The United States took over the lead in production of bisque dolls in the early 1900s. Bisque dolls faded in popularity when less-expensive composition became the primary doll material used. However, bisque dolls enjoyed a renewed popularity in the '80s when collector dolls became popular. Contemporary bisque dolls are almost exclusively manufactured in China.

Dolls are considered to be bisque if the head is made of bisque. Most vintage bisque dolls have bodies and limbs made of other materials, since all-bisque dolls are very heavy. Today, bisque dolls are produced primarily for the collectors' market.


Quick Facts

  • Some of the more well-known makers of antique bisque dolls include Kestner, Kammer & Reinhardt, Armand Marseilles, Jumeau, and Steiner
  • Small all-bisque dolls were produced from the late 1800s until about 1930. These dolls were known as penny dolls
  • Many of the bisque dolls produced by French doll makers were fashion dolls. These dolls were made in the form of adult women and were produced to advertise the fashions of the day

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VINTAGE BISQUE HEAD DOLL, 19TH C
Apr 24, 9:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE BISQUE HEAD DOLL, 19TH C
by Jackson's International
Est: $50- $100
$1005 Bids
Group Of Bisque Doll Heads, China Heads, Misc.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Group Of Bisque Doll Heads, China Heads, Misc.
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$153 Bids
Mixed lot of bisque dolls, including Kewpie Germany, Nippon and more
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Mixed lot of bisque dolls, including Kewpie Germany, Nippon and more
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$502 Bids
Bisque Doll Head & Composition Parts
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Bisque Doll Head & Composition Parts
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$22 Bids
Handwerck Germany Halbig Bisque Doll
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Handwerck Germany Halbig Bisque Doll
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Group of 5 bisque dolls. Some marked Germany.
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of 5 bisque dolls. Some marked Germany.
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Group Of Bisque Dolls And Parts
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Group Of Bisque Dolls And Parts
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Group Of 4 Bisque Dolls In Sailor Outfits
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Group Of 4 Bisque Dolls In Sailor Outfits
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Group Of Dolls & Parts
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Group Of Dolls & Parts
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Vintage Kewpie, Bisque and Porcelain Dolls
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Kewpie, Bisque and Porcelain Dolls
by Nye & Company
Est: $50- $25,000
$201 Bid
Bisque Doll Head & Composition Body Parts
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Bisque Doll Head & Composition Body Parts
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Bisque Doll Head & Composition Body
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Bisque Doll Head & Composition Body
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
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2X BISQUE PIANO DOLL FIGURES
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
2X BISQUE PIANO DOLL FIGURES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
A LATE 19TH CENTURY BISQUE SOCKET HEAD DOLL / JESTER
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
A LATE 19TH CENTURY BISQUE SOCKET HEAD DOLL / JESTER
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
Mädchenpuppe
Apr 18, 5:00 PM CEST
Mädchenpuppe
by Peege Auktionshaus
Est: €100- €0
€1000 Bids
2x Heubach doll
Apr 19, 10:00 AM CEST
2x Heubach doll
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €120- €360
€1200 Bids
Two Bisque Head Dolls
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Bisque Head Dolls
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Cuno Otto Dressel Germany Bisque Doll 1912-6 Cross
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Cuno Otto Dressel Germany Bisque Doll 1912-6 Cross
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
Rhonda Shear doll and bisque head doll marked Special 10/0
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Rhonda Shear doll and bisque head doll marked Special 10/0
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Bisque Head Doll
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Bisque Head Doll
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
Group Of Bisque Doll Parts - 2 Dolls
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Group Of Bisque Doll Parts - 2 Dolls
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
Großes Charakterbaby von Schützemeister & Quendt
Apr 17, 10:30 AM CEST
Großes Charakterbaby von Schützemeister & Quendt
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
Bisque Head And Composition Doll Parts
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Bisque Head And Composition Doll Parts
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
Kleine Charakterpuppe mit Puppenmöbeln
Apr 17, 10:30 AM CEST
Kleine Charakterpuppe mit Puppenmöbeln
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €130- €260
€1300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Bisque Dolls


Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction