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Bisque 3.5 Inch Matador Doll w Bull For French Market


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This circa 1890 tiny, 3.5" fellow is standing up bravely to his fierce, red-eyed bull! When I found him, I just had to get him a bull for display, so they come together!

This is the smallest bisque-headed doll with a composition body I have ever seen! He is ALL ORIGINAL, in amazing condition for his age with his colorful silk "suit of lights" and cloak with gold metallic trim and even sequins! Look! He even has a tie at his neck! The clothing has never been removed since it is sewed on. I peeked carefully and found a chip off the painted surface of the composition on his left arm and left heel and tried to show it in the photos. This is the only tiny bit of damage noted.

He bares an incised size marking of "2 1/0" on the back of his perfect undamaged bisque head, which has been attached with a wire. His loosely braided mohair wig flows down his back and is covered with the darling authentic looking Matador's hat. Though his eyes appear to be glass, they have actually been carefully painted and glazed over sculpted bisque eyes. His head swivels and he is jointed at hips and shoulders.

The included vintage bull stands 3.5" tall and is 5.5" long and is covered with a natural looking "hairy" fabric. The plastic horns look so realistic and those gleaming red ferocious eyes would be enough to intimidate anyone! Over the years I have found references to French Jumeau bisque dolls dressed as Spanish matadors, but this doll has no maker's markings.

Whether French or German, this I know: What a precious little rarity! He would surely impress some little lady of yours! Anyone who has documentation, please inform me.