Antique French Lanternier Caprice doll 36"
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 1924.
Lanternier made bisque socket head Child or Lady dolls. Child dolls have
jointed composition and wood body, lady dolls 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.
1918 some Lanternier doll bodies were made by Gesland's sucessor, M. Joseph Ortyz (Ortiz), who also produced doll bodies for the Association d' Aide aux Venues de
Guerre (Association to Aid War Widows). Ortyz may have been located at the Office of the
Ministry of War Pensions address of; 37, 38, 39 Rue de Bellechasse, Paris,