Porcelain has been in use for over 4000 years in China. It is made from special white clay and fired at a temperature of 1280 degrees centigrade. There are a couple different ways in which these items are decorated. The most common today is moulded, decorated, and glazed. Others are moulded and enamelled then fired again. The third type is under glaze in blue and red.

The Chinese have always been extremely proficient at porcelain work, and have produced numerous pieces that look like coral, glass, stone, and many other materials.

A bisque doll or porcelain doll is a doll made partially or wholly out of bisque or biscuit porcelain. Bisque dolls are characterized by their realistic, skin-like matte finish. They had their peak of popularity between 1860 and 1900 with French and German dolls. Bisque dolls are collectible, and antique dolls can be worth thousands of dollars. Antique German and French bisque dolls from the 19th century were often made as children's playthings, but contemporary bisque dolls are predominantly made directly for the collectors market.

bebe jumeau bisque doll

What dolls are collectible

According to the internet, popular porcelain collectible dolls include:

Colloquially the terms porcelain doll, bisque doll and china doll are sometimes used interchangeably. But collectors, when referring to antique dolls, make a distinction between china dolls, made of glazed porcelain, and bisque dolls, made of unglazed porcelain. When referring to contemporary dolls the terms porcelain and bisque are sometimes used interchangeably.

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Updated: 2 September 2021

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Porcelain Doll value and price guide

What's your Porcelain Doll worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
29 french bourgoin bebe aveline doll series c j steiner 29 French Bourgoin Bebe Aveline Doll Series C J Steiner 08/2021 £3 273.44
french bebe bru jne 5 doll head new kid body p833 French Bebe Bru Jne 5 Doll Head New Kid Body P833 08/2021 £3 055.21
20 french bisque bebe doll by francois gaultier f 8 g 20 French Bisque Bebe Doll By Francois Gaultier F 8 G 07/2021 £2 906.09
françois gaultier1880 fashion bisque doll closed mouth François Gaultier1880 Fashion Bisque Doll Closed Mouth 08/2021 £2 546.01
wonderful fremch size 3 tete jumeau extra outfit Wonderful Fremch Size 3 Tete Jumeau Extra Outfit 08/2021 £2 473.27
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