Furga Alta Moda dolls;
Simona, Susanna, Shelia & Sylvie
a nobleman from Canneto, Mantua Province
in Italy, began his doll factory in 1872 and is still in business today.
The first dolls from Furga were
made with wax mask heads on a papier
mache body, a little later dolls were also made on cloth bodies.
Next they imported bisque heads from Germany to be put on their dolls. About WW I
Furga built their own porcelain factory for bisque heads
and all bisque
dolls called Mignonettes. Furga also made doll heads of pastello
a type of composition. By 1929 Furga bisque heads rivaled those of Germany. They also made pressed felt, composition, hard
plastic and vinyl dolls. Furga dolls are always
of good quality.
Early Furga dolls did not make it to the American market, but were exported to some South
American countries and England. Furga dolls usually found in the USA, are generally from
the 1960s-1970s, which were sold through Montgomery Ward, JC Penney, Sears and
related; Italian Doll
Makers & Marks
Antique to Vintage Furga Dolls - Bambola Identified
Furga All Bisque dolls, small size, wigged,
glass eyes, painted brows and eyelashes, jointed at neck and hips, painted white
socks with a blue stripe at top, black painted shoes, usually
doll marked Furga Canneto S. Oglio plus a size
Doll shown is 7" tall.
1920s Furga doll mark Canneto
Doll, 11" tall, composition head and body, very long eyelashes,
blue sleep eyes, painted closed mouth, dark brown long hair.
Wearing a beautiful gingham red and white check ruffled dress with
white ruffled petticoat and bloomers, with a matching parasol. Doll
is marked: Made in Italy O (O with a line under
it). Clothing is marked: L. Furga.
Photo courtesy Verona.
1958 Furga Red
Riding hood doll or Cappuccetto Rosso doll, 17" tall, early Walker
doll with a most unusual walking mechanism that has four feet, that literally
walks when pushed, the mechanism is a separate cage that replaces the
dolls lower body with four feet that rotate and "walk".
Riding hood doll, 17"
Furga Tonia, 15"
tall, vinyl head with rooted hair and
lashes, sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth, jointed hard plastic body.
Dressed in a beautiful velvet coat and skirt with marabou feather
trim, marabou purse, gold tone necklace. Tagged L Furga Made in
Tonia doll, 15"
Furga Alta Moda Dolls, 17" tall, all vinyl doll, big large sleep eyes with feathery long
real eyelashes, long rooted hair, each dressed in a sleeveless shift with a
gold tone S pin on collar and white slip on sandal
Dolls are marked on neck Furga 17 and
just below the neck on dolls body: Alta Moda Furga.
Dolls are: Simona with blonde hair
and beauty mark below her left eye, orange dress, Susanna with
brunette hair, red dress, Sheila the redhead with blue dress and Sylvie
with platinum hair in a lavender dress (seated front).
Additional outfits were sold separately.
Sylvie dolls, 17".
1960s Furga Elisabetta doll, 15" tall, all vinyl, rooted hair open mouth, real
eyelashes, dressed in pale blue velvet coat over a ruffled white
petticoat, hat with fur trim, stockings, shoes, and a gold tone waist
chain. She has wide sleep eyes in blue, rooted hair & lashes,
and those cute two front teeth showing between her open mouth.
Marked Furga, Made in Italy.
Elisabetta doll, 15"
Furga Little Adrianna
or Adrianna doll, 13" tall, all vinyl, rooted hair, real eyelashes,
another beautifully dressed doll with great detail on the dress,
petticoat, has a hat, parasol, probably stockings & shoes. She
has wide sleep eyes in blue, rooted hair & lashes, and those cute
two front teeth showing between her open mouth. Marked FURGA
on neck, clothes Tagged L FURGA, Made in Italy.
Little Adrianna or Adrianna doll, 13"
1970 Furga Tina & Tilly dolls, 7" tall, all soft vinyl
with rooted hair, sleep eyes, dolls marked FURGA. Shown is a 1970 Sears
Tina & Tillly description
Furga Mia doll, 19"
tall, this doll is a little more casually dressed than others and
still incredible, with beautiful cupid bow lips, wide blue eyes and a
glorious mane of platinum long hair tied up in bows. Neck is marked FURGA
1973 Mia doll, 19"
Additional Vintage Furga dolls not shown
Furga antique bisque
Dolly Face doll, bisque socket heads, wig, sleep eyes, open
mouth with teeth, jointed composition body, usually marked: Furga Canneto S.
Oglio plus a size number,
clothing also possibly tagged.
Furga Baby Dolls,
7-16" tall, or Furga Child type dolls, 11-19" tall, all
vinyl, or vinyl head and limbs with a cloth body, jointed body, rooted hair,
closed mouth and usually marked Furga Italy.
1950 Furga Chichi wind up mechanical Baby doll, 13" tall,
bisque painted head with lightly molded painted hair, sleep eyes with real long
upper eyelashes, closed painted mouth, body torso made of cloth with wind up mechanism
with key in
back with string attached to move legs and head moves, jointed at neck shoulders
and hips, composition like full arms and bent partial lower legs, doll marked on one leg and one arm Italy,
came dressed with bonnet and dress tagged Made in Italy.
Doll or Fashion type doll, 16-25" tall, all hard plastic or combination HP
and vinyl, wigged or rooted hair, sleep eyes, open or closed mouth, usually
marked Furga Italy and clothing is also tagged.