The French antique dolls were made circa 1860’s, until
the early 1900’s. These dolls were beautifully made. The
porcelain clays they used were of very good quality, so the
bisque was fine and unmarked. The china painting of the face
was very distinctive, eyebrows and lashes had very specific
styling. The eyes were generally large and paperweighted, which
means a rounded protrusion on the front of the eyeball. Wigs
were made of mohair or human hair. Ears were always pierced.
Their costumes were lovely and made of natural fibres, silks
, fine wools and cotton. The costumes were made, usually by
hand and used complex patterns with fancy trims, which are very
hard to find in modern times. Bru and Jumeau are two well known
names of doll makers, these dolls fetch large prices on the
market. They are truly beautiful. Bodies were made of paper
maché, composition-jointed bodies or leather and porcelain.