Collecting bisque dolls is a fabulous and rewarding hobby. Bisque dolls are famous for their decadent clothing, strikingly beautiful faces and their life-like appearance.
Antique dolls are becoming extremely popular among collectors, but experience is often needed to differentiate the real dolls from the fakes. The antique bisque dolls that are more popular among collectors are those which were made in Germany and in France in the late 1800’s.
Such dolls are of extremely high craftsmanship with exceptional detail. Bisque is an unglazed form of porcelain, normally fired twice in the kiln, and is easily identified by its ultra-smooth texture and almost translucent quality.
This material is easily painted and has a certain life-like quality which makes the doll’s skin look and feel more realistic than other glazed porcelain-type dolls.
Unfortunately, as the popularity of these dolls increased, so did the attempts to produce knock-offs. Therefore, if you are seriously thinking of entering the collector’s market for these dolls, there are certain pointers which will assist you in making the right choice. Read on!
Quite obviously the doll should be made of bisque. Well, most importantly the head will be made of bisque, while the body components might not be. If the head of the doll is made from bisque, then it can be deemed to be pretty much authentic.
This is because, if they were made entirely from bisque, not only would they be too easy they would also be much too fragile for collecting.
A real bisque doll’s face will be blemish-free, flawless, and void of spots, holes and dark blotches. Cheaper dolls crafted in later years tend to have a darker, tan-like shade to their faces. This is certainly evidence of poor craftsmanship or material; either way, avoid it like the plague.
What to Look For in a Bisque Doll
The next thing to examine is the detailing of the face. Look for fine craftsmanship reflected in intricate details, such as fine hairs for the eyebrows and eyelashes. A less expensive doll will certainly not display such detail as would be noticed on a genuine bisque doll.
Look for horizontal clear bisque, properly set eyes with long eyelashes. Try to avoid dolls with unevenly painted lips and brows.
Pay close attention to the eyes. Eyes with an unnatural balance, cross eyed-look or eyes which are painted on would definitely be features to avoid. The eyes of genuine bisque dolls are glassy, expressive and colorful as well as realistic.
Notice the cheeks carefully. The cheeks of authentic bisque dolls will most certainly be rosy, subtly adding color to create a realistic effect.
Also, the mouth is generally slightly opened and the lips are painted a similar shade as the cheeks. If you have are still having problems in identifying genuine bisque dolls, there are other possibilities available to you.
Take your doll to a doll hospital or a doll show. You will find many persons who can assist you greatly and who are passionate about what they do. Congratulations! You have just embarked on a beautiful and exciting journey!