Adorable Charming Vintage Bisque Dolls And Figurines To Fall In Love With
How could you not fall in love with these cute couples ? Made out of ceramic or bisque these collectibles are often referred to as figurines or small dolls. While many of these novelty items were imported from Japan as inexpensive gifts, they are now tugging at the heartstrings of many collectors and becoming a popular collectible.
Small Bisque Dolls Were Toys Not Shakers
Often these tiny figurines look just like salt and pepper shakers, but they do not have holes. Many of these dolls and were probably sold as toys and not kitchen-wares. If you are really lucky you may come across an original boxed set with 4,6 or 8 or more dolls inside. Some people call these small dolls "Frozen Charlotte" dolls but they are really not the same. But you will see them listed on eBay and elsewhere with that term. You may have to use search words like "small bisque dolls", "Made In Japan figurines", "ceramic figurines". etc.
Collecting One Small Vintage Bisque Doll At A Time
I have been collecting small vintage figurines and dolls for awhile now, adding these sweeties to my home studio display whenever I can. While I like to pair the dolls together as "couples" , many of my marriages have been made by me . I often acquire the cowgirl without the cowboy or the groom without his bride. So I make a couple out of two similar dolls and they seem to like their pals.
Expanding My Collection Top Include Cute Vintage Images of Children On Book Covers And Toy Boxes
Don't kid yourself , small bisque dolls and ceramic figurines are not easy to find. So to keep from getting too frustrated, I have had to expand my "cute couple collection" to vintage Toffee tins, boxed game covers, book covers and even Paint By Number pictures. But all of these additional objects still have sweet images of children or puppies or both.
All My "Children" Must Get Along Together
The secret ingredient that attracts me to my "objects of desire" (my stuff) is that my "couples" are all very small and they must get along well together. One way I "couple" my couples might be to place two of my small bisque ceramic dolls or figurines in front of an older book from the 1920s or 1930s , using the delightful image on the book cover as a colorful background for my little figurines which are only a few inches tall.
How My Collection Of Small Vintage Dolls And Figurines Began
My collection started when I brought home some bisque children or dolls from a dealer who had quite a few in her shop. She parted with them for $8.00 a piece and I was thrilled to have them.
Buying "Better" Small Bisque Dolls
My starting collection included several vintage figurines of children playing musical instruments, a bisque solo cowboy small doll, a lonely bisque groom and other adorable small bisque dolls of children looking very 1930s and 1940s. I originally thought that when I paid $8.00 a piece I was splurging, but I have since learned that I did alright at the time. Bisque dolls are priced much higher. I bought my first "better" couple a few weeks ago and paid $36.00 (and that was at a bargain price). They are shown here wearing the handmade outfits.
But after the first six of these small dolls, I really have been struggling to find more. But slowly I am building my collection and widening the parameters of what can be included in the collection of adorable "couples" . The red, black and white ceramic figurines above are a bit larger than the other dolls (teenagers). But they were so cute and go well with my collection.
So dear readers if you have more sweeties to add to my collection....please let me know. How about Ohio Art Tea sets, wouldn't they look great as well with my "children"?
Boxed set photo courtesy of http://www.hakes.com/item.asp?ListID=146&ItemNo=84352
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists