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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 c.1950s Buddy Lee Bisque Doll
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage c.1950s Buddy Lee Bisque Doll
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
antique Heubach porcelain head girl doll
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
antique Heubach porcelain head girl doll
by Yardley Antiques
Est: $100- $125
$500 Bids
antique girl doll with molded hair
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
antique girl doll with molded hair
by Yardley Antiques
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Porcelain doll by Kämmer und Reinhardt, bisque porcelain doll in blue dress with blond natural hair
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
Porcelain doll by Kämmer und Reinhardt, bisque porcelain doll in blue dress with blond natural hair
by Auktionshaus am See
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
DOLLS: A PAIR OF BISQUE DOLLS HOUSE DOLLS
Nov 29, 10:00 AM GMT
DOLLS: A PAIR OF BISQUE DOLLS HOUSE DOLLS
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£1200 Bids
DOLLS: FOUR GERMAN BISQUE HEAD DOLL’S HOUSE DOLLS
Nov 29, 10:00 AM GMT
DOLLS: FOUR GERMAN BISQUE HEAD DOLL’S HOUSE DOLLS
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £70- £100
£500 Bids
DOLLS: A COLLECTION OF SEVEN BISQUE SHOULDER PLATE DOLLS
Nov 29, 10:00 AM GMT
DOLLS: A COLLECTION OF SEVEN BISQUE SHOULDER PLATE DOLLS
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£1200 Bids
DOLLS: A COLLECTION OF DOLLS
Nov 29, 10:00 AM GMT
DOLLS: A COLLECTION OF DOLLS
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £70- £100
£500 Bids
Konvolut Püppchen / Eleven dolls
Dec 08, 2:00 PM CET
Konvolut Püppchen / Eleven dolls
by Kunstauktionshaus Günther
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
An early 20th Century French SFBJ bisque headed doll
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
An early 20th Century French SFBJ bisque headed doll
by Martel Maides
Est: £50- £60
£200 Bids
antique Heinrich Handwerck girl doll
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
antique Heinrich Handwerck girl doll
by Yardley Antiques
Est: $300- $400
$1000 Bids
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Vintage Original Heidi Ott Swiss Doll, Boy in Jeans
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Original Heidi Ott Swiss Doll, Boy in Jeans
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Nine Assorted Miniature Dolls
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
Nine Assorted Miniature Dolls
by Alex Cooper
Est: $150- $250
$800 Bids
Four Bisque Kewpie Figures
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
Four Bisque Kewpie Figures
by Alex Cooper
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Heubach Bisque & Composition Doll
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
Heubach Bisque & Composition Doll
by Alex Cooper
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
DOLLS: A GERMAN BISQUE SHOULDER PLATE DOLL
Nov 29, 10:00 AM GMT
DOLLS: A GERMAN BISQUE SHOULDER PLATE DOLL
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£800 Bids
Bisque Dolls, to include two jointed dolls
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
Bisque Dolls, to include two jointed dolls
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Bisque head figure in cart, with wind-up horse
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
Bisque head figure in cart, with wind-up horse
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $150- $300
$750 Bids
Four bisque head and shoulder dolls
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Four bisque head and shoulder dolls
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
2 ANTIQUE GERMAN FLORA DORA BISQUE DOLLS
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
2 ANTIQUE GERMAN FLORA DORA BISQUE DOLLS
by White's Auctions
Est: $60- $100
$300 Bids
DOLLS: FOUR GERMAN BISQUE HEAD DOLL’S HOUSE DOLLS
Nov 29, 10:00 AM GMT
DOLLS: FOUR GERMAN BISQUE HEAD DOLL’S HOUSE DOLLS
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids
DOLLS: THREE GERMAN BISQUE HEAD DOLL’S HOUSE DOLLS
Nov 29, 10:00 AM GMT
DOLLS: THREE GERMAN BISQUE HEAD DOLL’S HOUSE DOLLS
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £80- £120
£600 Bids
German Bisque Head Doll with Glass Eyes and Open Mouth
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
German Bisque Head Doll with Glass Eyes and Open Mouth
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $150- $250
$800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Bisque Dolls


Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper

Yardley Antiques

Yardley Antiques