Pair of Chinese Penny Dolls that are in great paint quality! Girl has a factory chip on toe that was painted. Both dolls look new on backside most likely from being in a box. Paint is so good that I question if a repaint and this is reflexive in pricing. Markings on back of boy only have “APAN” visible with girl “JAPAN” It is hard to find these still in set. Approx: 2.5″
“Penny” dolls with the easiest to find on the market are from Japan but there are wonderful versions from Germany and France as well. These dolls are usually made in bisque and are painted in bright colors. Since the bisque is not fired a second time after painting the paint wears off easy. Value is more based on details, condition of paint and arm positions, with crossed arms the most unusual. The dolls were often sold in sweet shops for a penny thus the name. The dolls were also sold in theme sets such as a wedding party complete with a little church or a group of cowboys, cowgirls and Indians. It is more difficult to find these still in sets but they do occasionally show up. These are fun to collect since there are so many varieties out there. I like to display in old print trays with a sheet of glass on front so I can hang on wall.