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
Furga Red Riding Hood doll or Cappuccetto Rosso doll, 17" tall, early
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 Child 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
1964 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 Italy.
Tonia doll, 15"
1965-1967 Furga Alta Moda Dolls, 17" tall, all vinyl
doll, big large stationary 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 shoes.
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
Elisabetta doll, 15"
1960-1970s 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
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 ad.
Tina & Tillly description
1973 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,
doll marked FURGA ITALY.
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.