Boudoir Dolls aka Bed Dolls

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t written a blog in a few weeks due to our Tonner Halloween Convention.  And I must say, it was a great one!  If you were there, hope you had a great time.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend, I hope you followed us on Facebook.  :-)

Today’s article is about Boudoir Dolls – also know as Bed Dolls.  These dolls were made in the 1920 – 1940′s.  Most of them were made in France, Italy, and Germany.  They were made in the art deco style – which has always been a favorite era of mine.  You can see the stylized look in their faces – lots of eye makeup and very distinct looks.  They were made to “grace” a bed – in other words, decorate!

They came in various sizes – from 20″ all the way to 30″ and even a few 32″ dolls.  Their heads, hands and bottom part of their legs were either in composition, cloth or papier mache.  The hair could be floss, human hair, mohair, or synthetic.  The bodies were made of cloth – some of the early versions stuffed with straw.

Boudoir doll – notice arms and legs

Most of the time the eyes were painted in a very art deco style.  Notice the heavy eye makeup. Another trait that these dolls share is the fact that there is neither a smile nor a frown.  They have a “no emotion” look.

 

 

 

 

 

Flity eyed Boudoir Doll

There are a few rare dolls that have inset eyes and this one (to the right)  I found has inset eyes that flirt – that is, go from side to side. (Found on Ruby Lane)

Another hard to find type of Boudoir Doll is called a Smoker.  They are called that because of the fact that they have a cigarette in their mouth.  A lot of these didn’t survive due to the fragility of the cigarette.

Smoker

This particular smoker doll is even more rare in that there is also a music box in the doll!  Very Rare Indeed! Sarah Bernstein’s Antique Dolls and Toys (thank you Sarah for the photos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some great resources to find out more about Boudoir Dolls:

Frau Wulf has a blog all about Boudoir Dolls – there are some great vintage photos there of celebrities with their Boudoir Dolls

Karen Kosies has a great website with replacement clothing and accessories for your Boudoir Doll.

Here’s a great site for photos of Boudoir Dolls from all over the world – in one person’s collection!

And an Amazon link to a book on Dolls of the Art Deco Era

Have fun exploring the world of Boudoir Dolls!  If you have a photo you’d like to share of YOUR boudoir doll, I’d love to see it – so please post!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

 

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Executive Assistant at the Tonner Doll Company. Personal assistant to Robert Tonner for the last 16 years. Company Event Planner/Coordinator and Archivist.

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Written by Nancy. Posted in Antique Dolls, collecting techniques, Confessions of a Dollaholic, Doll History, Miss Nancy

Published on November 08, 2011 with 2 Comments

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  1. Oh, how I wish my aunt would have left her boudoir dolls to me! She had several dating from the 1920s and they were gorgeous!

  2. hi Kathy
    you gotta LOVE the styling :-) I bet in years to come they will be “the” doll to collect!
    miss nancy

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