Lanternier Dolls 1855-1924 French
A. Lanternier et Cie was founded in 1855 in Limoges, France a city renown for it’s fine quality porcelain products, but they did not begin making porcelain doll heads until 1915 through to 1924.
Lanternier made bisque socket head Child or Lady dolls. Child dolls have jointed composition and wood bodies, lady dolls are on five piece lady bodies, open mouth with upper and lower teeth, open closed mouth, painted, glass or paperweight eyes lined in black, some dolls have pierced ears, wigged, in sizes 12″ to 36″ tall. Bodies vary and can range from crude to very good.
After 1918 some Lanternier doll bodies were made by Gesland’s sucessor M. Joseph Ortyz (Ortiz). Lanternier doll names are Bebe, Caprice, Cherie, Favorite, Lorraine, Lutin and Toto. Some Lanternier doll sculptors are Gilette, F. Mialonos and Ed Tasson whose name may appear in the doll marking.