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Antique French Lanternier Caprice doll 36"


Antique French Lanternier Caprice doll 36"

Lanternier was founded in 1855 in Limoges, France, a city renown for it's fine quality porcelain products, but they did not begin making porcelain doll heads until 1915 through 1924.


Lanternier made bisque socket head Child or Lady dolls.  Child dolls have a jointed composition and wood body, lady dolls on five piece lady bodies, open mouth with upper, lower teeth, open closed mouth, glass or paperweight eyes lined in black, some dolls have pierced ears, wigged, in sizes 12 to 36" tall. 


1918 some Lanternier doll bodies were made by M. Joseph Ortyz (Ortiz) a successor to Gesland and produced for the Association d' Aide aux Venues de Guerre (Association to Aid War Widows), possibly located with the Office of  the Ministry of War Pensions, at 37, 38, 39 Rue de Bellechasse from 1915+.


Antique French Lanternier Doll Marks, Doll Names

 Limoges AL anchor symbol,

AL & Cie Limoges, Caprice,

Lutin,  Favorite,   Toto Limoges,

La Georgienne,

Fabrication Française AL & Cie Limoges Cherie,

   J.E. (JR) Masson Lorraine

AL & Cie Limoges


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