Two Pairs of Early 20thC Pottery Doll Moulds

Origin: Probably German
Period: Early 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1920
The Larger: 6” h x 8” d x 5.5” w (when complete)
The Smaller: 4.5” h x 4.5” d x 3.75” w (when complete)

In original condition, the two scarce pairs of sand coloured pottery doll moulds, each in two parts for the casting of the heads, one of an infant, and the other a young girl with flowing hair, each surviving from the first quarter of the twentieth century and probably German in origin.

The condition of the moulds is excellent considering the age, with no chips or cracks, nor any restoration evident. There are fissions and very small edge chips.

When producing a bisque doll for example, ceramic raw materials are shaped in a mould such as these and fired at more than 1,260 °C (2,300 °F).

Now to be used with one’s imagination; even for eating nuts or sweets from, these are geometrically satisfying, like some kind of bizarre tactile jigsaw.