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Composition 1940s Boudoir Doll in Red, White and Blue

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Boudoir Dolls - Years of Production:

Although dolls that sit on beds are still being made today, the classic vintage Boudoir Dolls were made from approximately the 1920s through the 1940s. Some of the earliest dolls, made even earlier than 1920 in some cases, were made in France. Many of the dolls were made in an art deco style.

Sizes of Boudoir Dolls:

These are generally large dolls, made to sit on their owner's bed. You can find dolls as small as 20 to 24 inches, although the vast majority of the dolls are over 26 inches in size. Boudoir dolls in the larger sizes seem to be in favor with collectors.

Materials For Boudoir Dolls:

These dolls have been made with a wide variety of materials. Heads are most commonly made of composition. Many of the French Boudoir Dolls were made with silk. Some dolls have papier mache faces, and some have faces made of cloth. Bodies of Boudoir Dolls are most commonly made of cloth, sometimes with composition lower limbs or molded shoes.

Companies That Have Produced Boudoir Dolls:

Multiple companies have produced these charming, unusual dolls, including Lenci, Anita doll company, Blossom Company, Cubeb, Chad Valley and Nora Wellings. Companies were from countries including France, England, Italy and the United States.

More About Boudoir Dolls:

Unlike most dolls from the mid 20th century, which were made for children, boudoir dolls were made to grace the beds of grown ladies. The dolls today are sought after because of their classic artistic styling and, often, their art deco look. Many boudoir dolls can be found by collectors in the $50 to $200 range, although desirable examples can bring several hundred or thousand dollars (such as rare Cubeb smokers or rare Lencis).
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