Author Archives: Denise Van Patten

Steiner Antique Dolls Delight – Black Figure A Bebe

I have talked about how inventive and interesting I think Steiner French Antique Dolls are in the past, and this doll is no exception. There aren’t very many Black antique dolls, but I think there are more by Jules Steiner than most … Continue reading

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Kestner 1880s All-Bisque Doll: Poetry in Miniature

Generally speaking, when it comes to antique dolls, I collect the French ones. But, there are a few exceptions. I have a real love of antique miniature, all-bisque and dollhouse dolls, and overall, I prefer the German all-bisque dolls to the French ones. … Continue reading

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Nancy Wiley’s Alice in Wonderland – Dolls and Book Work Together as Art

Although I mostly collect vintage and antique dolls, I have a small collection of modern Alice in Wonderland dolls which started when my daughter portrayed Alice in a local production of Alice in Wonderland. One of my favorite dolls from … Continue reading

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Tete Jumeau: One of My Favorite Antique French Dolls

Although the Tete Jumeau Bebe is not the rarest of French antique bisque dolls, and not even the rarest of Jumeau dolls, the Tete Jumeau is one of my favorites.  Made in just about any size imaginable, you can find Tete Jumeaus … Continue reading

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Photo Gallery – Waltzing Steiner French Fashion Doll

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Here are more photos of the lovely Waltzing Steiner French Fashion Doll!  You can see her whole outfit here, as well as her lovely bisque arms, some of her mechanism and the Izzard manufacturing labels.  To enlarge any photo, just … Continue reading

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Waltzing Steiner French Fashion Doll – Beautiful, Unique, and All-Original

This is another of the “dolls with a twist” from the recent Theriault’s auction. I have long studied and collected French Fashion Dolls, and I am fascinated by their history and variety. Steiner made some of the most interesting of … Continue reading

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Fashion Queen Barbie: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

The Fashion Queen Barbie doll, produced from 1963 to 1965, really is all about glamour. In 1963, Barbie was still relatively new, and nearly all the Barbie dolls on the market were either Ponytail Barbie dolls or Bubblecut Barbie dolls. And then came the very … Continue reading

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Sample Card from Hertwig Bisque Doll Factory : A History Lesson for Early 20th Century Bisque Dolls

Thanks to a Theriault’s special auction in early 2001, we have a great record of the factory sample cards for small German all-bisque dolls from the Hertwig factory from the 1890s to the 1930s. For doll collectors and historians, it is a … Continue reading

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SFBJ 230 Fortune Teller Doll: All-Original, And She’ll Predict Your Future Too!

This is another one of those beautiful dolls antique dolls “with a twist” that I purchased at the Theriault’s doll auction in Las Vegas. I’ve always liked the SFBJ 230, since they are pretty much the last variety of French Jumeau … Continue reading

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SFBJ 230 Fortune Teller Doll Photo Gallery

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This beautiful SFBJ 230 French bisque Fortune Teller doll really needed more than one photo to tell her story, so here she is presented in photo gallery format. Click on a photo to bring up a much larger image.

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