Doll Reference - Home page

Dolls For Sale | Forum | Doll Glossary | Doll Marks | Doll Values

search engine by freefind advanced

Doll Categories

Calvare Cloth Art Dolls Early 1920s French

By Country

American | English

French | German

Rest of World

By Material 

Bisque | Celluloid

China | Cloth


Hard Plastic

Metal | Papier Mache

Rubber | Wax | Wood

By Type

Advertising Dolls

Antique Lady Dolls

Automata Dolls

Barbie Dolls

Black Dolls

Boudoir Dolls

Carnival Dolls

Dress Me Dolls

Googly Eye Dolls

Kewpie Dolls

Mama Dolls

Mask Face Dolls

Oriental Dolls

Patsy Type Dolls

Playpal Type Dolls

Porcelain Collector



Shop for Calvere French dolls

ca. 1920's Calvare googly eye cloth doll bebe, 14" tall

ca. 1920's Calvare googly eye cloth doll bébé, 14" tall

Sometime in the early 1920's an obscure French company by the name of Calvare made googly eye cloth art dolls which have a unique, oh so delightful and very memorable look about them.  Yes they are also very rare!

Calvare cloth dolls are 14-14 1/2" tall, have large molded heads that are covered in flesh colored silk chiffon fabric with raffia like hair in ringlet curls surrounding the face. 

Calvare dolls have huge bulging side glancing stationary glass googly eyes, some with with dusky brown eye shadow and eye shadow on lid, with wispy to the side painted eye lashes.  Red dots highlight the inner eye and the pert nose nostrils, closed red painted lips.


ca. 1920's Calvare googly eye cloth doll bébé, 14" tall full dressed body

ca. 1920's Calvare googly eye cloth art doll bébé, 14" tall full body dressed doll, doll marked with a white cloth label Made in France in red ink.

The Calvare cloth cotton doll body is over a wire frame, arms are covered with flesh colored silk with individually wired fingers.  Both hands and feet of the doll are disproportionately small compared to the dolls head and body, yep, she has skinny legs and tiny shoes on her tiny feet.

So far we have only seen girl or lady dolls that were dressed in theatrical,  period or French traditional clothing.

Calvare doll mark ladies head symbol Made in France


Calvare dolls are marked with a label on the body and clothing of a ladies head symbol Calvare Made in France or just Made in France in red ink as was the case of the doll shown here.



For Sale | Forum | Glossary | Marks | Values

All trademarks are respective of their owners with no affiliation to this site
Doll Reference © Copyright 2004 - 2022 all rights reserved including photos & content