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Doll - Le petit parisien

Le petit parisien

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (Made)

  • Date:

    1890-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Steiner, Jules Nicholas (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bisque and composition

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ruby Lansom

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This doll was made in France by Jules Nicholas Steiner in the 1890s. It has a bisque head and composition body which contains a voice mechanism. The mechanism works when the string protruding from the dolls' left side is pulled.

The doll was given to its owner when she was six, but it was not to play with, only to look at. She has been repaired at various points in her life and now wears a replacement wig. It is understood that she was last restored in Johannesburg in 1996, just before she came to the Museum.

Physical description

The doll represents a caucasian girl with blue-grey eyes and a long brown wig. The bisque head has an open cupid's bow mouth (with visble upper teeth), pierced ears and painted brows and lashes. The torso and partly jointed limbs are of composition with separate fingers, thumbs and big toes. Two strings, each with a bead at the end, protrude from the doll's true left side and activate her voice mechanism (bellows).

Place of Origin

France (Made)


1890-1899 (made)


Steiner, Jules Nicholas (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bisque and composition

Marks and inscriptions

A.19 on upper back of the head
Mould number

The little Parisian (boy) (sic)/ J Steiner child doll/ registered mark/ gold medal Paris 1889
paper label attached to left hip


Height: 71 cm doll

Object history note

The doll belonged to the donor's mother Hilda and it was ordered from Paris in 1899 by Hilda's father, Mr Buccianti, for her birth. Mr Buccianti was on the Italian Consular staff in Eygpt and was probably visiting Paris when he ordered the doll. The donor was given the doll when she was six, not to play with but only to look at.

It is known that the doll was restored in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1996, just before it was donated to the museum.

Descriptive line

Bisque-headed doll with voice mechanism, made in France by Jules Nicholas Steiner 1890-99

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Bisque; Composition



Subjects depicted



Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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