Montag, 28. Mai 2012


The Biedermeier period refers to an era in Central Europe during which the middle-class grew and arts appealed to common sensibilities in the historical period between 1815, the year of the Congress of Vienna at the end of the Napoleoinic Wars, and 1848, the year of the European revolutions. The Biedermeier period does not refer to the era of time as a whole, but to a particular mood and set of trends that grew out of the unique underpinnings of the time in central Europe.

These beautiful half doll girls are reflecting the fashion of the Biedermeier period, from hairstyle to dresses. The German firm Gebr. (Bros.) Heubach manufactured a series of Biedermeier girls with a very lifelike expression. Gebr. Heubach is well-known to collectors for their cute and lifelike piano babies, snow babies and children figurines. The size of the girls in the photo ranges from 15 to 17 cm. The doll in the green dress, which is displayed on a wooden stand,  has overlong arms.

Mittwoch, 16. Mai 2012


Sharon Hope-Weintraub, an American bathing beauty collector and renowned author of the book "BAWDY BISQUES & NAUGHTY NOVELTIES" just posted two very interesting figurines in her blog at:

The amazing figurines are from a series of scarce harem figurines by William Goebel of Oeslau / Bavaria. Sharon shows a sultan, who is smoking a pipe, and his black servant, a Nubian boy. One of his harem ladies lives in Germany and is still waiting for him (.... or any other sultan as far as he is made by Goebel). Doesn`t this sound like the story of Romeo and Juliet? Two lovers who can never live together.

The harem lady is not a half doll, but a gorgeous Goebel bisque figurine. 
The lady is just observing her flawless complexion in the mirror.  Her brown turban is made of cloth and is still all original with two little metal plates sewed to the right and left side. A metal half moon is sewed to the top of the turban. The lady retains her original brown mohair wig and her original dress. The necklaces are not original. Her molded loincloth with painted jewels, similar to that of the sultan, is hidden under the skirt. The figurine is marked with an incised number "1773.", height is 11 cm (4-1/3").


This post is introducing two French queen consorts of the medieval times - ISABEAU DE BAVIERE and her daughter-in-law MARIE D`ANJOU. Dressel & Kister of Passau/Bavaria is well-known to collectors for their outstanding series of medieval figurines. They produced both, beautiful medieval full-figurines and superb medieval half dolls. Dressel & Kister even produced medieval half doll gentlemen, for example an outstanding medieval falconer ( )

ISABEAU / ISABELLE de BAVIERE (born as Elisabeth of Bavaria-Ingolstadt -c. 1371 – September 24, 1435) was queen of France and wife of King Charles VI of France. She married on July 17, 1385. When she became Queen of France in 1385, her husband was showing signs of mental illness.  The King and Queen of France did manage to have many children including the future King, Charles VII of France and two daughters, Isabella and Catherine, who later became Queens of England. Isabeau was one of the most unpopular Queens of France. She got involved in politics and public affairs when her husband, King Charles VI of France was mentally incapable.

This Dressel & Kister figurine and the matching half doll are renditions of Isabeau de Baviere, obviously made from a French costume print. The half doll was not made with this flowing veil dropping down from the headgear. The doll measures 11 cm (4-1/3") in height, marked with the blue D&K bishop`s crozier, the figurine was made in several sizes.
MARIE D`ANJOU (October 14, 1404 - November 29, 1463) was the Queen consort to Isabeau`s son King Charles VII of France from 1422 to 1461. Charles VII`s victory in the Hundred Years War between the French Kingdom and the Kingdom of England owed a great deal to the support he received from Marie's family, notably from her mother Yolande of Aragon. Although Marie and Charles had twelve children,her husband`s affection was primarily directed towards his mistress Agnès Sorel. 

This is the Dressel & Kister rendition of French queen Marie d`Anjou with her book of hours or prayer book. Marie`s headdress is a truncated hennin. The hennin is a headdress worn in the late Middle Age by European women of the nobility. Dressel & Kister manufactured the figurine and the matching half doll. The doll measures 13 cm (5.1") in height, the figurine was made several sizes. 
This figurine is an "add" for the "medieval fans" : 
the lovely figurine depicting Isabeau de Baviere is unmarked, probably made by the German firm Älteste Volkstedter Porzellan Manufaktur about 1900 to 1920. Unfortunately a matching half doll is not existing. What a pity!

Samstag, 5. Mai 2012


It is quite obvious that in the 20s and 30s the Spanish senoritas and Spanish flamenco dancers attracted German half doll manufacturers as well as their customers. There are half dolls depicting Spanish ladies wearing a mantilla and/or a high comb, many of them are equipped with colorful fans; and Spanish ladies dancing flamenco with their clicking castanets. Spanish ladies are to find in the assortment of almost every German manufacturer. They were made in various sizes, nicely dressed or undressed. The quality ranges from “simple, but charming” to very fine and high quality; so to speak: Spanish half doll ladies for every taste and budget.

The appealing half doll with the white high comb outlined in gold was made by Dressel & Kister of Passau/Bavaria; the half doll dressed in black and white lace was made by Hertwig / Katzhütte (Katzhuette); and the half doll with the beautiful grey outlined eyes and the red high comb with painted golden accents originates from Fasold & Stauch porcelain factory. The Fasold & Stauch doll measures 15.5 cm = 6.1" in height. 

Both, the beautiful half doll lady in an off-white mantilla (15.5 cm=6.1" tall) and the lady holding a big fan (painted in red and green) on standing legs are originating from Fasold & Stauch of Bock-Wallendorf/Thuringia. The lady on standing legs retains her old pin cushion, which is hidden under the cloth skirt. The pin cushion made of fabric connects the body of the doll to the legs. The half doll with the pink and green painted comb and dress was made by Limbach Porcelain Factory in Thuringia; the half doll wearing a molded fringed shawl and holding red and blue painted fan was made by an unknown German manufacturer.