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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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Dionne Quintuplets bisque baby dolls
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Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Group of 9 bisque dolls SFBJ, Halbig, Marque
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Est: $30- $300
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$151 Bid
(on-2) ANTIQUE BISQUE BABY GERMAN DOLLS
Dec 05, 11:00 AM EST
(on-2) ANTIQUE BISQUE BABY GERMAN DOLLS
by White's Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$301 Bid
ANTIQUE K STAR R GERMAN BISQUE HEAD DOLL
Dec 05, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE K STAR R GERMAN BISQUE HEAD DOLL
by White's Auctions
Est: $100- $200
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Dec 05, 11:00 AM EST
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Vintage bisque headed doll, maker's mark to rear of neck illegible, European. 40cm L
Dec 06, 7:00 PM AEDT
Vintage bisque headed doll, maker's mark to rear of neck illegible, European. 40cm L
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
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Dec 03, 5:00 PM EST
Bisque Head Doll
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
A Joint Bisque Doll
Dec 05, 1:00 PM EST
A Joint Bisque Doll
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$251 Bid
MARKED "PM 914 7" BISQUE DOLL ANTIQUE
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
MARKED "PM 914 7" BISQUE DOLL ANTIQUE
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Est: $300- $400
$100 Bids
QUEEN LOUISE 100 GERMANY DOLL ARMAND MARSEILLE
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
QUEEN LOUISE 100 GERMANY DOLL ARMAND MARSEILLE
by Imperial Auction
Est: $400- $500
$100 Bids
A.M. KIDDIEJOY CLEOPATRA AND ASIAN BISQUE DOLLS.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
A.M. KIDDIEJOY CLEOPATRA AND ASIAN BISQUE DOLLS.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
UNMARKED AUSTRIAN AND A.M. SWITZERLAND BISQUE DOLLS.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
UNMARKED AUSTRIAN AND A.M. SWITZERLAND BISQUE DOLLS.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
TWO GERMAN CLOTH BODIED BISQUE HEAD DOLLS WITH STANDS
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
TWO GERMAN CLOTH BODIED BISQUE HEAD DOLLS WITH STANDS
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
QUEEN LOUISE BISQUE DOLL.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
QUEEN LOUISE BISQUE DOLL.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
ADOLF WISLIZENUS SPECIAL GERMANY BISQUE DOLL.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
ADOLF WISLIZENUS SPECIAL GERMANY BISQUE DOLL.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
ANTIQUE HEUBACK AND KOPPELSDORF SITTING BABY DOLL.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE HEUBACK AND KOPPELSDORF SITTING BABY DOLL.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
KAMMER AND REINHARDT #121 BISQUE HEAD TODDLER.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
KAMMER AND REINHARDT #121 BISQUE HEAD TODDLER.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
HEINRICH HANDWERCK 109 DEP BISQUE DOLL.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
HEINRICH HANDWERCK 109 DEP BISQUE DOLL.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
TWO EARLY GERMAN BISQUE SHOULDER AND HEAD DOLLS.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
TWO EARLY GERMAN BISQUE SHOULDER AND HEAD DOLLS.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
MORIMURA BROTHERS BISQUE DOLL AND COMPOSITION DOLLS.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
MORIMURA BROTHERS BISQUE DOLL AND COMPOSITION DOLLS.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
LARGE ENGLISH APC 72-12 BISQUE DOLL.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
LARGE ENGLISH APC 72-12 BISQUE DOLL.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
THREE VINTAGE DIMINUTIVE DOLLS, BISQUE AND COMPOSITE.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
THREE VINTAGE DIMINUTIVE DOLLS, BISQUE AND COMPOSITE.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
EARLY SOLID-DOMED, BISQUE HEAD AND SHOULDERS DOLL.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
EARLY SOLID-DOMED, BISQUE HEAD AND SHOULDERS DOLL.
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Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Bisque Dolls


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