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Posted 6 years ago


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I found this beautiful doll head, appears to be Dionne quint of 1935 origin, head/neck area marked DIONNE; very red cheeks reminiscent of german, features finely painted and also german-esque lips, no other marks I see. Not a typical flange neck; open neck hole without neck. Who made it? Coming up dry on net; mention vaguely of "other makers" and "bisque" dionnes existing, but all is about madam alexander only after 4 days research and no sites tell WHO other companies might be. Do know Armand Marseille dolls may have still been made 1935. 2 3/4" high for this head. Original body likely composition &/or cloth/leather as appears to have passed on. (what size body to buy for this head?) Bought it solely for its beauty and would like to restore it, but now interested after noticing name Dionne and associated quint dolls pertaining same.

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  1. sodcyningstares, 6 years ago
    dont know if emails are allowed
    can contact elmer.schmuckteiler @
  2. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    How large is head ? I am not sure but she looks like a Japan version can you post a few more pics like back of her head and a bit closer so I can see painting on face better ? She is not a high quality bisque more of a stone bisque look please more photo's if you can ok :-) They often used this lesser quality bisque on doll house size dolls she appears bigger than that ?
  3. sodcyningstares, 6 years ago
    Hi, her head is 2 and 3/4 high. I am also thinking a japan version from some other leads given to me. Morimura was importing dolls and tho changed hands the other new owner still used the japan sources. This is greatly enlarged, so her lashes dont look so bad in reality. The japanese were doing german-esque red cheeks like she has, which was throwing me in my search, but very little is on the net about japanese at all for that period. I do notice, shes almost a spitting image of one of the rarer Alexander doll sets, of unusual size, and I wouldnt put it past the japanese to blatantly copy her pirate style for a quick buck as thats been the pattern with them all along in asia. :)
    I bought her purely because she struck me as quite pretty, and am pleasantly surprised to have a mystery to research. The name DIONNE is on the base of her head in the back.
    Thanks for any expertise! I think she translates to about a 10 or 11 inch baby with the bent legs and I am guessing to get her a bisque body by the fact that japan didnt have wood to make composition and it would be easier for them to do. But the male socket bodies are harder to find for the neck hole.
  4. sodcyningstares, 6 years ago
    I am trying to figure out how to put up more photos...shes not dollhouse size as stated above.
  5. sodcyningstares, 6 years ago
    Photo upload link from this page is not apparent (??) the word DIONNE is in raised, block caps
  6. sodcyningstares, 6 years ago
    BTW, thanks Manikin! (cool doll name)
  7. sodcyningstares, 6 years ago
    I am going to restart my question to get those photos up. Only way I see how to do it. MORE PHOTOS OF DIONNE is the question. Thanks
  8. sodcyningstares, 6 years ago
    Thanks Scandinavian

    Her porcelain is colored, not color on the porcelain. Like the very lightest shade of foundation makeup you can buy, ivory. There is one scuff near the opening in the neck that looks like pencil, probably from her former attachment to a body. This isnt like a frozen charlotte porcelain, if that is what stone bisque means. It is a nice soft looking porcelain of good quality. Head is large plum size, 2 3/4" high, hat measure 8.5" from hairline to nape of neck. The last photo is greatly enlarged to reality. Eyelashes and brows are palest gray nearly invisible, not as contrasted as last photo. Very 1930s looking to me, I have alot of antiques for many years. :)

  9. sodcyningstares, 6 years ago
    White mark in eye last photo, is missing pixel glitch from photo, not present. Slightest shine in eyes, like less than a satin varnish, only feature having non-matte. Seen more in photos than reality.
  10. plainjane, 5 years ago
    I just found a doll like this with the exact same marking on the back of the neck.
    Looks like the same face but not such rosy cheeks and no bottom lashes. The doll has the body with loose limbs and they are marked 185P on the underside of each arm and leg. The baby outfit on the doll is tagged with Vogue dolls Inc.
    It looks like plaster in the head where the doll is attached. Don't know if this is a repro. The doll is unglazed and all bisque/porcelain (i don't really know which) Very interesting

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