Bisque is unglazed porcelain, fired twice with tinting before the second firing. The resultant bisque dolls are much more lifelike than china dolls. The most collectable bisque dolls were made in France, particularly late 19th century French fashion dolls, or “Parisiennes”, which were elaborately dressed in the fashion of the day.
The other major area for the production of bisque dolls was the Sonneberg area , near Thuringia, in Germany. Over a hundred doll makers were operating in this area in the period prior to the First World War.
The bebe doll developed from the Parisienne. It was a luxury doll representing a girl between the ages of eight and twelve. The body was of wood or wood and composition. Many incorporated talking or kiss-throwing mechanisms. By the late 19thcentury, competition from Germany forced the French manufacturers to form a syndicate known as the SFBJ (Societe Francais de Fabrication des Bebes et Jouets). From the turn of the century the quality of bebes generally declined. SFBJ mould numbers below about 60 indicate the better, earlier dolls.
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Large googly all bisque doll not antique but vintage from block factory 70 yrs
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Antique German bisque head Simon & Halbig 26 1/2 inches (68 cm)
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Antique ADOLF HELLER 28" Bisque DOLL Jointed, Sleep Eyes, Marked A.10 H Germany
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Antique German Bisque Gebruder Knoch 205 Character Shoulder Doll Head c1910
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Antique French Limoge Bisque doll
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