I think it is pretty obvious by now that my doll interests are not limited on one particular type of dolls. I like lots of different dolls (with a few exceptions).
Mostly my interests sway between vinyl playdolls and BJDs with some Tonner dolls in-between. However, recently, I took a new turn and got interested in… antique dolls!! That’s what happens when you get interested in the history of fashion and start going to various fashion museums and pour over books on the topic!! Over time I have realised that my favourite antique dolls are Portrait Jumeau on a lady body. Obviously, I didn’t even dream of getting an original, so I started searching for a good replica. At first I fell in love with a magnificent Eugene Portrait Jumeau by Mary Benner. But those dolls were rare, very expensive and also were sold with a full handmade outfit which, though truly beautiful, I didn’t need. In the end I bumped into this doll head on ebay and decided she was exactly what I wanted!
She is Early Portrait Jumeau Stobe doll made by Dawn Johnson based on examples from about 1875. As I didn’t know much about assembling antique replica dolls, Dawn kindly took the task into her own hands and produced my dream doll! The doll has porcelain head, breastplate and arms while the rest of her body is stuffed white leather. her arms have inserted wire so they can be bent a bit. She is now about 18-19-inch tall. I bought the wig myself (it is Monique, of course) – I just love these curls! And yes, she has pierced ears!
I am absolutely in love with this beauty. All she needs now is for me to find time to hand-stitch her a suitable 19-century outfit.
She hasn’t told me her name yet, so if you have any ideas, please share them with me!
The doll’s leather body. As you can see it has “joints”.
The body from the back.