China or Parien Porcelain
China and Parian Dolls
Antique China Dolls 1836-1940's
Antique China dolls were made by various but mostly German companies from 1836 to the 1940's. Glazed porcelain China head dolls (unglazed porcelain dolls are referred to as Parian dolls) are usually found on a wood, cloth or kid body with some dolls having partial China limbs as well. Most China dolls have molded painted hair but some have a wig over a solid bald dome head. China head dolls range in size from a tiny 3 inch to a big and very heavy 40 inch tall doll.
China head dolls are usually unmarked. Some may have a mold number or doll makers mark on the back of the neck or on the shoulder plate so it can be impossible to pinpoint the doll maker, so dolls are described and identified by the type of hairstyle. As hairstyles changed over the long history of China head doll making, dolls changed too, which gives us a clue to their dating.
NOTE: If not in stock, the soft-fired greenware takes three weeks from pouring to send out; 1 week to pour, 1 week to dry and 1 week to soft fire; for bisque add another week. Antique heads are poured in white unless a different color is requested. Additional colors, of limited availability, can be specified for an additional cost; Aztec Tan, French Chocolate and Brown Velvet have an additional slip color charge.
The prices include estimated shipping and packaging charges. Because of changes constantly being made in the costs of shipping, any additional shipping charges will be calculated when your order is packaged, weighed and measured. If additional shipping/handling is required, you will receive a bill for the additional amount which must be paid before your order is shipped out to you.
Any breakage that occurs during shipping must be reported via email the day you receive the package.