De Fuisseaux Girl doll, 18" tall,
she has a
bisque head with a solid dome, blue glass eyes, a closed mouth,
early composition and wood jointed Sonneberg body with straight wrists,
she is incised F 1 in script and stamped in red on the back
of her bisque head.
Not much is known about the Belgium doll maker
De Fuisseaux, also spelled Finsseau, it is
accepted however, that they began creating their stunning character
art dolls around 1909 thru to 1913 when their Baudour factory was destroyed
during World War I. Dolls are bisque shoulder or socket heads
with glass or painted intaglio eyes of various sizes, with cloth, composition
and wood jointed bodies.
Some markings are B3, B4, DFB, DF and F1, F2, F3 which was made
for De Fuisseaux by the French firm of
Fleischmann & Bloedel (or
Blödel). Dolls are highly prized by
collectors for both their rarity, artistic beauty and scarcity.
DeFuisseaux was part of the European art doll movement near the
end of World War I, which also included the French doll makers Albert Marque,
J. Van Rosen and Marion Kaulitz Munich Art dolls and others.