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Chinese Dolls & Bears

Invented in China, antique Chinese dolls and bears were popularized in Europe in the 18th to 20th century. These toys were generally made out of hard, fragile glazed porcelain, and were decorated as life-like representations. Contemporary dolls tend to be called “porcelain dolls," whereas older vintage dolls are referred to as “china dolls," with “china” being the term to describe fine porcelain in Europe.

Chinese dolls are not always entirely made out of porcelain. Often the head and limbs are made of ceramic, while the body is made of a softer material. The dolls are decorated with clothing of the time, often with silk dresses and robes and small fabric shoes. However, as a result of the delicate nature of porcelain, Chinese porcelain dolls remain a popular collector’s item rather than a toy for small children.


Quick Facts

  • While first created in China, China dolls were predominantly produced in Germany during the 18th century
  • China dolls are rarely made entirely out of porcelain because it would make the doll far too heavy. This is why usually only the head of these dolls were created out of ceramic
  • The goal of these dolls was to be as lifelike and realistic as possible. Each doll has uniquely defining physical characteristics

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"Jing", two Chinese opera puppets, 19th Century.
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Seven Chinese miniature puppets, early 20th Century.
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"Sheng", three Chinese opera puppets, 19th Century.
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"Sheng", four Chinese opera puppets, 19th Century.
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"Jing", three Chinese opera puppets, 19th Century.
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Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
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Est: $100- $1,000
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Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
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by Tremont Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
A Vintage Chinese Wooden(?) Doll in Silk Dress
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Chinese Wooden(?) Doll in Silk Dress
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Est: $150- $1,500
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A Vintage Chinese Doll
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Chinese Doll
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Vintage Chinese Doll
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Chinese Doll
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Vintage Chinese Doll
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Chinese Doll
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Vintage Chinese Papermache Doll
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Chinese Papermache Doll
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Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
"Sheng", Chinese opera puppet, 19th Century.
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Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
PAIR OF ANTIQUE CHINESE DOLLS
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Est: $25- $50
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A Chinese carved wood articulated doll, Qing, modelled seated wea
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Est: £100- £150
£600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Dolls & Bears


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Balclis

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Nadeau's Auction Gallery

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