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Check Out My New 21″ A 11 Jumeau!

Welcome Back To Land of Oz Dolls!

Tonight I wanted to share with all of you my new 21″ A 11 Jumeau! She has such an adorable expression and was so much fun to paint. She was one of my samples I painted during my “Online Jumeau Class” last Spring. More info will be coming soon on future “Online Classes”. If you have any questions on this doll or doll making classes please email me at landofozdolls@mchsi.com 

Update: This Doll Is SOLD!

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

A 11 Jumeau

If you would like more information you can find her complete description and purchasing information here: https://landofozdolls.net/dolls-for-sale/a-11-jumeau/

Have a dolly great day!

Connie Zink

New 17″ Bru Jne 8 For Sale!

This Doll Has Been Sold!

 

Welcome back to Land of Oz Dolls! Newly Listed On My Website! I just wanted to share another beautiful Bru with you. This one is the Bru Jne 8. She is 17″ tall (doll only) about 18 1/2″ tall when you allow for the doll stand and bonnet. Bru’s are one of my favorite dolls to paint. I have never met a Bru I haven’t absolutely loved. See below for a more complete description of this doll and more photos along with the shopping cart button. She is being sold as a dressed doll only. 

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

This gorgeous, museum quality 17″ Bru 8 antique reproduction porcelain doll was lovingly created by “Millie” winning, world renowned artist, Connie Zink of Land of Oz Dolls. She was made from the VL-27 Bru Jne 8 Virginia LaVorgna head mold. This doll is perfection at its best. Her porcelain head is on a FB14S composition body from New York Doll Products. She stands 18 1/2″ tall on her wooden base doll stand. (Allow height on shelf for stand and hat, doll alone is 17″ tall). The wooden base doll stand is included. She has beautiful light blue Schoepfer paperweight eyes with intense depth, the photos just do not do the eyes justice. She has a striking vintage new (never used) old store stock Cheveux French Human Hair wig from the late 1980’s . The costume is made from a beautiful shade of purple “raw” silk. The dress with antique lace trim and a bonnet  was created by Pam Willits. She also has a beige cotton slip and underwear, along with cream hand made leather shoes and hand crocheted cotton stockings. 

 

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

17 Inch Bru Jne 8

Layaways Available

Layaways are available. For dolls that you cannot purchase outright, please contact me and I’ll try to make the purchase possible for you through layaway. My email is landofozdolls@mchsi.com or you may call me at 815-565-0024.

Until next time! Have a great dolly day! 

Dolly Hugs, Connie Zink

12″ Simon Halbig 1159 Fashion Doll For Sale

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

New Listing!!! 12″ Simon and Halbig 1159 by Connie Zink

THIS DOLL HAS BEEN SOLD!!!!!

This beautiful, museum quality 12” Simon and Halbig German Fashion antique reproduction porcelain doll was lovingly created by “Millie” winning, world renowned artist, Connie Zink of Land of Oz Dolls. The artistry is superb with wonderfully detailed German eyebrows, beautifully spaced lower eyelashes, mohair upper lashes, carved porcelain teeth, perfectly shaped lips with accents, delicately painted cheeks, and a hint of lavender eye shadow. Her porcelain head is on a 9″ composition Bell Collection Lady Body and stands approximately 12″ tall. She has beautiful blue paperweight eyes with lots of depth. She has an auburn mohair upswept wig from Global. 

This doll is being listed both as a dressed doll and as an undressed doll at this time. She is ready to board the Queen Mary in her beautiful light aqua 1910-1912 walking suit with matching feather and velvet hat designed and made by Lorna Yates of Lorna’s Lovable Dolls . She comes complete with a 100% wool suiting jacket and skirt with brown cut work trim, and chemisette. She also has a cotton half slip, pantalettes, and camisole, along with black leather lady slippers with heels and silk stockings. She is being listed as an undressed doll for $325.00 with a wooden base doll stand. If you are looking to add an exquisite S&H 1159 to your collection of antique reproduction dolls, this may be the one for you.  Dressed as shown with complete costume, purse, and doll stand this doll is $450.00.  Shipping and insurance to continental U.S is $20.00 by United Parcel Service.  International shipping fees will be calculated upon request. My shopping cart buttons do not figure international shipping costs so please contact me at landofozdolls@mchsi.com for a shipping quote.

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S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

S&H 1159 by Connie Zink Land of Oz Dolls

 

Clearance Sale In My eBay Store!

Good afternoon all, I wanted to let you all know about some special sales I am having in my eBay Store. I will be discontinuing selling doll supplies in my eBay store, so I started many three day auctions this morning on 12″, 16″ and 8″ French Fashion Doll supplies and other items. When these are gone I will no longer be stocking these items. Please keep checking my eBay store periodically for new clearance items that will be added. I need to make room here in the shop so time to start clearing out the excess stock I have. In the future, I will be concentrating on my finished doll, soft-fired greenware and bisque orders. Here is a link to my store: http://stores.ebay.com/Land-of-Oz-Dolls-by-Connie-Zink 

I also have an auction ending in a few hours on this adorable 8″ K&R 114. I only have one of these so if you are interested please bid now!

8" K&R 114 by Connie Zink

8″ K&R 114 by Connie Zink

8" K&R 114 by Connie Zink

8″ K&R 114 by Connie Zink

Here is a link to the actual auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/111606137684?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 . There is a little over three hours left on this auction.

Have a great day and watch for more specials from Land of Oz Dolls. It is Spring Cleaning Time!!!!

Dolly Hugs, Connie Zink

 

After Valentine’s Day Sale Ends Tomorrow Afternoon!!!

Good evening all, I wanted to let you know about an “After Valentine’s Day Sale” I have running right now on eBay. I have six special offers currently on eBay. The auctions will end at various times tomorrow afternoon. If you are not an eBay user and see something you might be interested in contact me and if it doesn’t sell at auction, after the auction ends, I can arrange the sale for you off eBay. Here is what’s on sale:

29" Bru 14 Head on Ebay

29″ Bru 14 Head on Ebay

Here is a link to the auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/111602157430?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Save $200.00 right now on this beautiful large Bru 14 head!

15" Bru 5 Frenchette

15″ Bru 5 Frenchette

 

Save $75.00 on this Dressed 15″ Bru 5 “Frenchette”.

Click here for more details: http://www.ebay.com/itm/111602281811?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

15" A Steiner Frenchette

15″ A Steiner Frenchette

Save $75.00 on this Dressed 15″ Steiner “Frenchette”.

Click here for more info: http://www.ebay.com/itm/111602279722?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

AT 11

21″ AT 11

 

Save $150.00 on this 21″ AT11.

For more details click here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121574136115?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Mlle. Florence

20″ Mlle. Florence

 

Save $100.00 on 20″ Mlle. Florence.

Click here for complete details: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121574128511?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Sonneburg Bleuette "Friend"

Sonneburg Bleuette “Friend”

Save $20.00 on this Bleuette “Friend” Sonneburg Child as an Undressed Doll.

For complete details click here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121574018701?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Auctions end tomorrow and the dolls will go back to their regular prices. If you are interested and use eBay please visit my eBay store. You can also email me if you are interested in purchasing: landofozdolls@mchsi.com or  phone 815-565-0024.

Winter is almost over and I hope everyone is looking forward to Spring. I have some Spring Cleaning specials on some supplies I will be starting here shortly so please stop back by the website soon. Have a great weekend!

Dolly Hugs,

Connie Zink

Special Auction! Premiere Jumeau Bleuette Listed on Ebay Three Days Only!!!!!

Happy New Year to all!!! I just listed a special three day auction on this Premiere Jumeau Bleuette on Ebay. Starting price is $195.00. She has a tiny black speck in the porcelain on her cheek, just like many of the antiques. It does not take away from her beauty it only adds character! Here is a link to the listing:

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/111568254324?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Have a great week!!!

Dolly Hugs,

Connie Zink

 

 

French Doll History

Good evening everyone! I hope you all have had a great weekend. Are you ready to sit down, relax with a cup of tea, and enjoy reading some French Doll History? About ten to fifteen years ago when my daughter worked for me, she compiled together some history of some of the more popular French Doll Companies. Many who make authentic antique reproductions like to study the history of the original antiques, after having enjoyed these pages on my old website for years, I decided to also move them onto this newer site. This will give you a brief summary of some of the wonderful old French doll makers such as Bru, Jumeau, Steiner, etc.

Just click on the link to the French history doll pages: French Dolls History

Original A. Marque

Original A. Marque

A - Series Steiner

Illustration 32: A-Series Steiner

Illustration 8 - Bru Jne 15

Bru Jne 15

Have a great evening and enjoy a little bit of French Doll History!

Dolly Hugs, Connie Zink

Andre Jean Thuillier

The A.T. is blessed with universal appeal. Note the blushing over the eyes and mismatched eyebrows. We have known for a long time that someone named Thuillier probably made these exquisite masterpieces of the doll world. Today, thanks to research of Florence Theriault and French counterpart, Francois Theimer we know that these dolls were indeed made by Andre Jean Thuillier.

In 1876, Thuillier started producing his own dolls and in 1880, started production of Bebes. A.T. dolls are among the most desired dolls. Their charm and beautiful eyes make them very appealing. A.T. dolls are made of fine bisque and are usually well decorated. Some dolls have more intense color than others. A few later A.T.’s have two rows of tiny teeth. Bisque is not good on late dolls, and the painting is sloppy.

Early A.T. dolls are the ones collectors desire. It is obvious by the workmanship that later A.T.s may have been done by another company but from Thuillier’s molds.

Most A.T.’s were produced by the older method of pressing porcelain in the mold. All A.T. dolls have finely applied ears, and ears pierced through the lobe.

Some faces of A.T.’s have more detail in the modeling than others because molds wore down. They appear to have been originally modeled by the same artist.

A.T. Bodies: The finest A.T. dolls seem to have white-leather, gusseted bodies similar to early Bru bodies. The leather is pinked (point cut into it like pinking shears around the shoulderplate. Feet are leather, with sewn in toes.

On leather bodies, we have found three different bisque hands. All hands were attached by inserting the lower arm into leather at the midway point of the forearm. The loveliest hands are found on the A7T. Hands have separated fingers and tinted cuticles. The hand is in a relaxed position similar to, but unlike, the Bru bisque hand. Another hand on an A3T has fingers modeled at a sharp angle, as if they were meant to be holding something. Another A.T. doll we have seen has a more relaxed, baby like hand.

Other A.T’s have well made wood bodies. These bodies are smooth working, without balls in the joints. Wood hands are rather flat. Bodies are unmarked.

Later A.T. dolls, with open mouths and teeth, are found on an unusual assortment of crude bodies. We think something drastic happened to cause the change. The company may have changed hands or formulas may have been lost. Some examples are composition bodies with jointed at the wrist hands. There are large bodies, such as the 28” A.T. doll with a molded bosom and little other shaping. There is a lady with a wasp like waist, large bosom and crude joints. Later A.T. bodies seem to be light papier mache, painted ivory, instead of a heavier composition used Thuillier.

There is a little historical information available on A.T. dolls. At first, we reversed the dates of the bodies. We thought crude were produced earlier. But after studying the dolls, we have determined they were made in the following order:

  1.  Fine leather bodies, with beautiful heads and bisque hands.
  2. Good, sturdy wood bodies with excellent heads.
  3. Heads with open mouths and run of the mill composition of papier mache bodies.

A.T.’s were made in a range of sizes, for the No. 2 at 12 ½” to the No. 15 at 32”. There are also numbers that do not fit any scale. Number may indicate the type of body used.

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Illustration 34: 14” A4T

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Illustration 35. Close up of A4T Eyes

Illustration 34 is an A4T who is 14” tall. She is on a leather body with gussets at the knees and sewn toes. The leather is squared and smooth cut over the shoulder plate. Her forearms are short and go into leather sleeves for upper arms. The bottoms of the sleeve leather is die cut, like pinking. Her hands are similar to the Bru baller hands. Both the swivel-head and shoulder plate are incised AT 4 and are of pressed bisque. The head is smooth bisque with a cork pate and pierced ears. Her eyes are a deep cobalt blue paperweight with darker blue rims. There is a dark line all around each eye, and the lashes are a charcoal gray. Her brows are soft and light, not exactly matching. Her lips are parted and the color is darker between them. She has delicately blushed cheeks.

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Illustration 36. is a 19” A7T

Illustration 36. is a 19” A7T and is incised both on the head and the shoulder plate. Her creamy, perfect bisque has beautifully detailed decoration. The soft, feathered brows bring out the dramatic blue of her paperweight eyes. Black liner and many charcoal lashes accent the eyes.

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Illustration 37 is of a 24” A12T.

Illustration 37 is of a 24” A12T. This round faced, wonderfully modeled A12T is enchanting. The well-defined features show her to be one of the first out of the mold. The painting of her mismatched eyebrows are soft, with light feathering. The lashes are painted with charcoal gray. The gray-blue, paperweight eyes are lined with black, and the pale mauve above the eyes adds character. Her accented, slightly parted lips almost smile, they are painted darker between. The cheeks are carefully blushed.

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Illustration 38: AT9 20”

Illustration 38: AT9 20” Her painting splendidly reflects the care with which she was made. She has feathered, medium dark brown brows with a shadow brow of the same color. There is a dark line around each of the dark blue paperweight eyes, which are enhances by black eyelashes. There is only a tiny bit of mauve above her eyes, right on the eyelids. Her slightly parted lips have a slight white space between them; they are accented, top and bottom. Her cheeks are delicately blushed over pale cream flesh.

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Illustration 39: A11T

Illustration 39: A11T The blonde mohair wig covers a cork pate and the bisque socket head. Her dark blue glass paperweight eyes are encircled with dark eyeliner and dark charcoal eyelashes. There is a mauve blush above the eyes. Her typical A.T. eyebrows are mismatched and brush stroked with medium brown over a slightly darker brown shadow brow. The mouth is closed with a white space between the accented lips. Her cheeks are lightly blushed. This doll sold at the May 12, 1990 Theriault’s auction for $75,000.

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Illustration 40: 17” A.T.8

Illustration 40: 17” A.T.8 With an entirely different face and facial painting, she is an enchanting doll. The face is almond shaped. The brows are fuller, as are the lips. Her eyebrows are feathered strokes of a soft tan over shadow brows that are set wide apart. The brush stroke lines are quite horizontal. The lashes are black and the eyes are each encircled with a dark line. The glass paperweight eyes are a very dark blue. Her mouth is painted full with a darker area between the lips which appear to have been blotted to make the two shades. She also has quite rosy cheeks.

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Illustration 41. A.T.5

Illustration 41. A.T.5 As time passed the, he appealing A.T. bebes changed. As with Brus and other wonderful French baby dolls, those early captivating faces were changed to meet the demands of the market. The original round face modeling was kept with a dimple added in the chin and with stronger painting, the later dolls had to smile with open mouths and teeth. Her lined brows match the brown hair, while the lashes are black with a black rim at the top and bottom of the eye cuts. The open mouth is set with three square, bottom teeth and three top teeth. The upswing at the corners make her smile. The lips are blotted and accented. She is well blushed to the outside of her plump cheeks, with a little color on the chin. She is on a composition body with jointed wrists.

Aristide M. Halopeau

We now know that Aristide M. Halopeau is the maker of the doll incised with the block H and size number. Heads are extremely scarce, are exceptionally beautiful, and both heads and bodies are the highest quality. These dolls are a collector’s dream.

We have tracked down the sizes known to collector’s.
Size 0 = 16”
Size 1 = 18”
Size 2 = 20”
Size 3 = 22”
Size 4 = 24”
Size 5 = 27”
There may be larger sizes, but it is doubtful there is a size below 0.

Markings on the heads are located in the same place on each head and done with the same block letters. Sometimes the mark is lightly impressed, and other times it is impressed deeply. The size number comes first followed by the letter H.

The doll making company was in existence before 1890 because all the heads are pressed, not poured porcelain. After 1890 almost all doll-making companies poured porcelain into molds. The quality bisque, the fine paperweight eyes and the beautiful craftsmanship of wood bodies indicate these were at the height of doll-making era. Halopeau could not compete with the other French Firms and in 1889, his business collapsed. The company’s short existence explains the limited supply of H dolls that are in circulation today.

Identifying H-Dolls: The face of an H doll is rather square. Eyes are paperweight sometimes with threading. The H and the number are incised just under the rim of the head.

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Illustration 12: The H-dolls are of the highest quality and the H1 is a fine example of Halopeau’s fabulous work. Her brows have a light brown shadow brow with lighter feathering on top. The charcoal lashes are finely painted, the eye cuts are black rimmed inside and her eyes are glass blue paperweight. The accented mouth is shaded and the perfect bisque is blushed low on the cheeks with a little on the chin. A light mauve shadows only the eyelids. This rare doll was made in the 1880’s.

Illustration 13: 22” 3H

Illustration 13: 22” 3H – She is perfection plus. Her dramatically large blue eyes will captivate any audience. Her lids are blushed with mauve and her finely painted eyelashes come from a black lined eye cuts. Her soft, two-toned eyebrows are very finely feathered and the mouth is well sculpted and painted. The lips are accented with a darker tone and a white space in between. Her chin and cheeks are blushed to perfection. This doll was sold at a Theriault’s auction on Jan. 6, 1990 for a record-breaking $100,000; at that time, the highest auction price ever paid for a doll in the United States.

Illustration 14: 24” 4H

Illustration 14: 24” 4H – Her eyebrows have a darker shadow brown and an overlay of fine, lighter brown brow strokes. The eye cuts are lined in black and charcoal gray eyelashes encircle the deep dark blue paperweight eyes. Her accented lips have a somewhat darker color between them. There is a light mauve shadow form the eyes to the eyebrows.

Illustration 14: 24” 5H

Illustration 15: 27” 5H – She is beauty personified! Her cheeks were blushed on the outside plumpness and there is only a little blush on her chin. Mauve was blushed above her deep blue paperweight eyes. The eye cuts are lined in black and encircled with black eyelashes. The mouth is molded with slightly parted lips and were finely painted and accented. The brows are a darker shadow brow overlaid with many lighter strokes.