Pierrot Clown Penny Doll Vintage Japan


Vintage 1930-40s Japan

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Pierrot Clown Bisque Penny doll perfect for doll and clown collectors! This little cutie has a mischievious look with her detailed eyes. Higlights in red pom-poms andaqua blue shoes and headband. Dollis approx 2 5/8″ with markings in mold “MADE IN JAPAN A/124” on back and “JAPAN” stamped on base of feet. Pierrot, the famous character from the Italian commedia dell’arte, is set by the composer A. Schoenberg as the moonstruck and fantastical clown, who is a symbol for putting on a mask to hide one’s true feelings or opinions.

“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.

Additional information

Weight 2 oz
Dimensions 4 × 2 × 2 in


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