Bisson bears available through this site

Fantastic news! For the next few months I will be selling Bisson bears through this site! Gail is going to have a new website built, and in the meantime I will be selling some of her latest designs for her! Here is little Amos. He is one of three.

I am also including a picture of Gail's fabulous house in Norway, where I was lucky enough to stay last summer. It is an old school house. Her neighbours actually went there as children. Needless to say there is loads of space and Gail has a fabulous studio. And if you were wondering, that is a Fjord at the bottom of the garden!

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Reflections on doll auctions circa 1982

An article written by David Barrington in 1982, it would be interesting for an update on the prices mentioned here!


One of the most frustrating aspects of collecting is for the collector to miss by just one bid at auction, a doll that he or she really wants. That happened to me in March 1973, it seems a couple of decades ago now. Lot 338 was described as: "A bisque headed Bebe with fixed blue eyes, closed mouth, blonde wig and pierced applied ears, the composition jointed body with fixed wrists, wearing whitework frock, shoes, socks and handkerchief - 16" high, marked with the shield of Schmitt of Paris." .

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A bisque restorers point of view

BY PETER STRANGE.child with broken doll

At the risk of boring your readers by continuing the discussion of the pros and cons of bisque restoration, I feel I must write to make one or two points arising from the article by David Barrington in Issue No 6 of your magazine.

It is interesting that there should be such strong opposition to restoration of damaged bisque dolls. After all, the restoration and conservation of antique furniture, oil paintings and fine china pieces of all ages, is not only universally accepted but indeed expected.

One is tempted to believe that what is good enough for some of the world's finest porcelain pieces, may also be considered to be good enough for dolls' heads,
the majority of which were manufactured by mass production methods.  Why, therefore, should there be a widespread belief that a damaged doll ought not to
be restored?

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Response to articles on doll restoration

A response from Dorothea Thompson in issue 7

Dear Editors, 

I was very interested in David Barrington's article on restoration. I agree that one should ask the question "What am I doing?" when faced with a job of restoration.

When I became interested in old dolls, I restored for my own personal collection, mainly because I could not afford anything else. I started as Peter Strange suggested with a bag of pieces.for an S.F.B.J. head minus a wedge shaped piece for the forehead. I completed it to my satisfaction, acquired a suitable body and felt very pleased with myself.

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When to restore bisque dolls

claireDavid Barringtons excellent article on the restoration of bisque dolls also appeared in issue 6 of Kinloch and Sellers Catalogue. It caused quite a stir! I invite people to add their thoughts and comments at the end of it!

Margaret Glover's excellent article on restoration of wax dolls in last month's issue has prompted this expression of my views in relation to the repair of bisque head dolls. Views which may seem strong to some but which are, I think, in need of being stated; indeed, should have been put forward some years ago.

Put shortly, my opinion is, that bisque should never be restored unless the original work is so damaged as to be quite disfigured.

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