Mary Louise McLean in 1872, taken in Cincinnati, Ohio by Vincent

Children and French Bisque Dolls

Karen Steely Children, Toys

French bisque dolls were expensive, beautiful, and represented the height of the dollmakers’ art. These dolls are much rarer than German bisque dolls, and their beauty can be mesmerizing.

Children with a German bisque character doll and horse pull toy.

Children and German Character Dolls

Karen Steely Children, Toys

Character dolls are some of the rarer and more valuable of German bisque dolls. These dolls date from the late 19th and early 20th century, and their rarity is largely due to the fact that, at the time they were produced, they were generally less popular than the more traditional “dolly” face German bisque dolls.