What is a Doll?

How long have we had this love affair with Dolls?

Pearls of Wisdom:

New World Dictionary describes a doll as - "a child's toy, puppet, marionette, etc. made to resemble a human being."

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Key Manufacturers: Voit 1806-1882

Voit, was the second German manufacturer to be granted the privilege to produce and sell papier mache goods including dolls. He used wax models for the three types of doll’s heads he manufactured: The Kinderkopf or child’s head, the closed mouth Pauline or so-called French papier-mache head , and the open mouthed Pauline type head.

Child's head with modelled hair and glass eyes

Early doll by Andreas Voit featuring artistically designed human hair wig ca. 1825

Pauline type doll with human hair braids

Doll with open mouth, Pauline, with little bamboo teeth

Very early Pauline type doll around 1825

Some of the unique characteristics of Voit dolls are brush marks at the temples, open mouths with bamboo teeth, and on some dolls, flirting eyes.


  1. Ahh! I do too..What I'd give to own one. I do have a Taufling Motschmann with a face like a Voit.

  2. Beautiful, Marta. I love the hairdo of the 3th doll. The one with braids it's a little spooky, but maybe for that reason, I like it.