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image of Doll of Bisque Doll of Bisque
Rendered by Edith Towner (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper
overall: 35.6 x 24.5 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.) Original IAD Object: 4" high
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 13 of 26

A major category of dolls is the bisque type. Bisque is a ceramic material with a hard, mat surface. Often used for the doll's head alone, the quality of bisque work varies considerably. The tiny doll is only four inches high. It has real hair and wears a lavender dress of cotton trimmed with lace, a purple sash, and purple bows at the shoulders. The cotton turban is black and turquoise; the blue shoes are of self material, that is, the same material as the doll's legs. Popular in America in the 1860s, most bisque dolls were made in Europe, especially in France and Germany. Some examples such as this one may date from an earlier period.

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