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Identifying a Porcelain Doll?

Identifying a Porcelain Doll - mime doll with painted faceCan anyone help me find any information on this doll? He's at least 28+ years old, about 40 cm, with a porcelain head, and the body is made of cloth. There are no marks on him. The clothes are sewed on to his body, his face and eyes are painted on, and he has a little hat that's glued to his head. I don't know the stuffing material. I couldn't find any doll that looks like him online (he's a mime but every mime doll I could find looks a lot different) and I'm just curious, mostly about his age and maker.

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I've had him my whole life, he was probably given to me as a gift when I was a baby, but no one in my family can remember exactly where he came from or who gave him to me, so that's a dead end. The cracks on his face are not due to his age, he just broke a couple of times and I glued him back together as best as I could. I'm not so interested in value as I'm not looking to sell, but any information at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Identifying a Porcelain Doll
 
Identifying a Porcelain Doll
 
Identifying a Porcelain Doll
 
Identifying a Porcelain Doll
 
Identifying a Porcelain Doll
 
Identifying a Porcelain Doll
 

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April 12, 20200 found this helpful

I wish the photos were clearer. He could be a kit clown. The face looks hand painted and the body sounds hand crafted, but I can't get a good read on it. My first thought is it was a montex brand kit. Are you in the US?

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If not, what where the big craft shops in your area in the 1990s? There may be a Facebook group for that company and a fan will know it exactly. Post back with an update. I will continue to go through my resources!

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April 12, 20200 found this helpful

Hello, I'm sorry for the quality of the photos, unfortunately I have a pretty bad camera and these were the best I could take. I'm actually in Greece, and came from a small village so I don't think there were any big crafts shops around at the time, but I will look into it just in case. Thanks!

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April 13, 20200 found this helpful

My feeling is that it was designed to emulate the PATAPOUFA PATAPOUF dolls. Probably from a kit.

No need to apologize for the photos. I feel your pain on that...I have a very old camera so I get it!!

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Do you have any Facebook groups devoted to vintage Greek toys? If so, maybe they could help. I feel certain that it would ring a bell with someone who is from that region. The face is very distinctive as is the style of painting!

Post back what you learn!! Thanks for sharing!! I love learning about dolls from other places! Blessings!

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April 12, 20200 found this helpful

I remember my grandmother taking a ceramic class to keep herself busy when my grandfather was sick. She did paint some clown faces for dolls and went home to make a few to give away as gifts.

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I do believe this is one of the different ones they had to offer in that class she took.

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April 12, 20200 found this helpful

I'm from Greece, is that by any chance where your grandmother was in the early 90s/where the class took place?

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April 13, 20200 found this helpful

Go to social media for the answers. Place your picture and story on most of the social media outlets. There are a lot of people up for the challenge to figure this out!

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Also if you have any other info to mention would be so helpful to solve this piece !

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April 19, 20200 found this helpful

Too bad about the pictures but maybe if you post your question and information on this site they may still be able to help you - just be sure to tell them this all happened in Greece. Upload pictures also.

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