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Fashion doll in day ensemble

Fashion doll in day ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bru (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    bisque head & shoulders, glass eyes, leather body, silk, wool and cotton clothing, hair wig.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

French doll. Bisque socket head and shoulder-plate (neck socket lined with kid to prevent chafing). Fixed blue glass eyes, closed smiling mouth. Blonde hair wig with braids and curls, on a cork pate. Body made from fine white kid leather with gusseted hip, knee and elbow joints, individually stitched fingers.

Wearing a fashionable day ensemble in blue wool (bodice, polonaise overskirt, hem flounce on underskirt) and sea-green/blue silk (underskirt, bow trimmings on bodice). White cotton underwear with lace trimming. Sea-green silk bonnet with scarlet silk pinked ribbons, trimmed with red silk pom-poms and black feathers. Striped blue, red and cream silk stockings and high-heeled dark leather boots with three gilt buttons.

Also associated with the doll is a white cotton nightdress with lace trimming.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1875 (made)


Bru (maker)

Materials and Techniques

bisque head & shoulders, glass eyes, leather body, silk, wool and cotton clothing, hair wig.

Object history note

This doll is unmarked, however, the very high standard of her finish and specifications and the smiling mouth indicates that she was probably produced by the high-quality French dollmaker Bru. She could also be by Francois Gautier or Jumeau.

Descriptive line

Fashion doll, French, circa 1875. Day ensemble in silk and wool

Production Note

Attribution note: Whilst the head is from a mould, the fine quality clothing of this doll and the specifics of her finish could not be replicated, making her unique.


Bisque; Kidskin; Glass; Silk; Wool; Cotton; Lace; Leather; Human hair




Dolls & Toys; Fashion; Clothing; Children & Childhood

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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