Simple, skittle shaped wooden dolls, with the head and torso carved from a single piece of wood, were made in England in the 17th century. Any that have survived in good condition are rare and valuable.
Large numbers of wooden dolls were made in Austria and Germany from the 17th to the 20th century. The most sought after are early 19th century “Grodnertal” dolls (named after the region now in Italy but then in Austria where they were made). These had a gessoes (plaster) head with painted hair and features. The body was carved and peg-jointed. Costumes were usually in the French Empire style. Later “Dutch” dolls (from “Deutsche”) from the same region were of lesser quality. These usually had a simpler, rounded head with carved, rather than painted, features.
Wooden dolls were mass-produced in America in the mid-19th century. These often had a fully articulated body and a carved, enamel-painted head sometimes with mohair hair.
Wooden dolls available now
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Vintage Black Clay Doll Wood Handmade Rare Primitive French Polynesian
on May 23, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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Antique early century folk art wooden jointed doll 35.5 cm height
on May 23, 2019 at 9:30 am
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ANTIQUE WOOD COMPOSITION BABY DOLL 11.5"
on May 23, 2019 at 6:31 am
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ANTIQUE SABA BUCHERER SWISS MADE ARTICULATED FIGURINE STATUE DOLL METAL WOODEN
on May 21, 2019 at 11:30 am
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Medium antique wooden jointed dolls body 34 cm height.
on May 20, 2019 at 9:55 am
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