"Hi, Keith. I know it sounds really strange, but the maker's marks mean little on these.
The plain white dishes were sold by many factories as "blanks" for hand painting of the decoration. Artists would often use blanks from…"
"I'm of absolutely no help here, but she is FABULOUS! None of the dealers had a test kit to check for gold? You might try taking her to a jeweler. I'm sure they'd be happy to test her for you and could provide more info about the…"
"Hi, Bonny. Charlie is correct. Your dolls are Armand Marseille reproductions. While the name sounds French, Armand Marseille was actually Russian and immigrated to Germany in the mid 1800s. AM was one of the most prolific producers of…"
"Nice find, Molly! That's definitely the same mold. I'm not convinced that they are by Paul Bocquillon as the auction house stated, though. He worked for Berger and painted berger lamps beginning in the 30s, but prior to that he was most…"
"Most of the china heads of this era this were made in Germany. They're commonly referred to by the hairstyle that have (low brow, flat top, center part, etc). They were offered as kits that included the head, hands and feet. The bodies and…"
"Very pretty! They're not Meissen though. True Meissen is relatively easy to spot...the quality of the workmanship is incredible and it was wildly expensive even in it's time. In fact, I don't think yours are German at all. The…"
"Happy to help!
It's not terribly old...just made to look that way. I remember them in the doll and craft shows/shops in the 80s. They were mass produced imports that were running about $65. You can still get at least that for them. "
"Your dolls are painted face fabric dolls most likely done within the last 20 years or so by a hobbyist or home crafter. Definitely a beginner. The fabrics and style of painting help to date them. You'll probably never identify who the maker was…"
"Thank you both for taking the time to look at these. I checked the other chair to see if it had those lines on the bottom of the front feet and it does too.
I never would have guessed Mexico. We don't run in to very much of that here in…"
"Thanks. Those indeed show that the feet are original both front and back which is good. Nice to see apparent hard carving on the lion paw feet, but you can also see where they glued blocks onto the side before carving (at least I'm pretty sure…"