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Jointed doll - Motschmann Type

Motschmann Type

  • Object:

    Jointed doll

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1870 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    porcelain, composition, cloth

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

moulded glazed china swivel head with composition shoulders, chest and hips; rest of the torso and upper limbs are cloth; lower limbs are glazed china; in the body is a bellows sound mechanism
dressed in a white chemise

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1860-1870 (made)

Materials and Techniques

porcelain, composition, cloth

Object history note

Motschmann type refers to the floating joints of this type. Charles Motschmann patented the design in the 1850s but it is based on a Japanese concept.

Descriptive line

Motschmann Type, glazed china, German, 1860s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The Collectors' Encyclopedia of Dolls, Vol 1, ills. 320,321

Production Note

Reason For Production: retail


Hard paste; Composition; Cloth



Production Type

mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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