Porcelain dolls take their name from their delicate porcelain faces and were first made in the mid-nineteenth century. Typically, the face is made from glazed or unglazed porcelain, with painted, molded or synthetic hair and a body that's made from fabric or leather.
Porcelain dolls are collected for display purposes and can transport you back to your childhood or a particular time in history thanks to their unique design and costuming.
Unlike other types of antique doll such as cloth dolls, porcelain dolls have stood the test of time and are highly collectable. You'll find a range of handcrafted originals and artist made reproductions varying in size from 5 to 30 inches.
While most porcelain dolls are sold separately, job lots and themed collections are also available. Depending on the style you choose, you'll find some porcelain dolls that come in their original boxes and packaging.
There are thousands of porcelain dolls to choose from, made by popular brands such as LEONARDO, Duck House, Collectors Choice, Brinn Dolls, The Ashton-Drake Galleries, William Tung and Dynasty Doll.
Antique Porcelain Dolls
These elaborately decorated porcelain dolls were created between 1840 and 1940 and are among the most sought-after porcelain dolls you'll find. In the 1850s, bisque dolls entered the market and became hugely popular due to their matt finish which was in contrast to the fully glazed porcelain dolls that were widely available.
There are hundreds of antique porcelain dolls to choose from, including dozens of bisque designs. Whichever style you choose, you'll find that the majority of antique porcelain dolls depict fully grown women and reflect the fashions of the time.
Chose from antique porcelain dolls with their hair worn in sausage curls or ribbons and an array of typical nineteenth-century garments including underclothes, hoop skirts, overskirts, hats and gloves.