Porcelain Dolls

Boudoir Dolls

Boudoir dolls were extremely popular in the 1920’s to 1940’s.   They were larger dolls,  and never intended to be children’s playthings, but decorative ornaments to grace the boudoirs of stylish and sophisticated women everywhere!.   Many were made in the classic “Art Deco” style, (though the Nisbet dolls are all based on Victorian themes and costume).

7632 Louisa

(The Louis Nichole Collection)

Louisa is a Boudoir Doll, dressed in rich lace and silk, and was designed for the House of Nisbet by the American Interior Design expert, Louis Nichole.   She is 17 inches tall, (30 inches when dressed).  This example differs slightly from the model shown in the 1986 catalogue

The retail price of this doll was £99.95 in 1987

7635 Melanie

(The Crushed Velvet Collection)

Melanie is dressed in crushed velvet, accented with fine lace.   Like the other Boudoir Dolls, she has a Doulton bone china head and lower arms, on a stuffed cloth body.

The finish of the porcelain is not quite bisque – it has a slight glazed finish like the previous doll, Louisa

17 inches tall, (28 inches when dressed), she has a fine head of rich, curly hair, and remains one of our favourite Nisbet dolls.

Again, in 1987 this delightful doll retailed for an expensive £99.95!

7636 Caroline

(The Crushed Velvet Collection)

Caroline, like her sister doll Melanie, is dressed in crushed velvet, with rich lace accents.

Her fine bone china head and hands were made by Royal Doulton, and mounted on a stuffed cloth body, made and dressed by The House of Nisbet.   She is another beautiful example of the very successful collaboration of these companies, and is a much sought after collector’s item.  

In 1987, she was on sale for £99.95 – only a few models were available, the edition having closed.


31st October 2015

New updates added - We have added a new page on the Isle of Wight dolls, which were produced for the Liliput doll Museum, on the Isle of Wight.   These dolls have mystified us for some time, but an opportunity to do some research through the archives, an email from Graham Munday, (owner of the Lilliput Doll Museum), and an email chat with author and Shallowpool Dolls expert sue Brewer, have allowed a partial reconstruction of their fascinating story.   There are still some gaps in our knowledge, so if you can fill in any of the missing details for us, please do get in touch!

19th September 2015

New updates added - Our thanks to correspondent David H, who has sent us two interesting pictures - The first is of a very rare Nisbet First Doll.   This is the doll that started Peggy Nisbet's dollmaking career, and you can read all about her on this page : dolls/special-collectors-sets-limited-and-signature-editions/SCE-P1953 Replica Edition of the First Nisbet Doll.  David's picture of his original first Nisbet is shown below the article on the replica doll, and below that, is shown a unique 18" porcelain doll that also shows the Queen in Coronation robes, and was used in displays and exhibitions.   This doll is also shown in the book, "The Peggy Nisbet Story".  Other updates added today are the BOAC and BEA dolls, Madam Tussaud Dolls, Wax Dolls, and a Porcelain statuette issued as a tribute to Peter Bull, which is shown under Dolls/Porcelain Dolls/Irish Dresden - Tribute to the Late Peter Bull

12th September 2015

New updates added - Apologies to all our visitors for the long delay in adding some updates and new information - we hope that the items listed below will be of interest!   Many kind thanks to numerous correspondents, for their kind offers of pictues and other information, to fill in the gaps in various galleries :  To Barbara T, for her stunning pictures of H/214 - Queen Elizabeth I, wearing a rubber crown.   Pictures appear in Historical Gallery 1, and in "Know your Nisbets/Headgear/Crowns".   Frank T sent two excellent pictures of Vera Evelyn Samuel, and you can see the pictures and read all about her here - "Porcelain Dolls/Doulton Nisbet".   Penny D has sent in some pictures of her magnificent early P/618 - Robbie Burns - See him in Portrait Dolls Gallery 1.   We have used another of Keith P's pictures in a new gallery just added - "Know your Nisbet/Body shape and pose".   Finally, we have added a new page on Walt Disney dolls, which may come as something of a surprise to many collectors, as the dolls are not typically Nisbet in appearance!


3rd January 2015


Exciting New updates added for 2015 - Correspondent Michael A contacted us last year to ask about his mother's "Beatles" Nisbet dolls - Collectors of long standing may have heard of this almost legendary set of dolls - Thanks to Michael, you can now learn all about them here : /dolls/the-dolls-that-never-were/the-beatles/   

A recent contact from author Ian Price, who writes for the "Fashion Dolls Quarterly" magazine, (www.fdqmedia.com), enquired about Nisbet's Christmas themed dolls - We were delighted to assist his researches in compiling this article on Peggy Nisbet's "Legends of Christmas" dolls.   Ian has very kindly allowed us to make a copy of this article available for download - Please go to the Downloads/Miscellaneous/ page, and click on the link to "Styling Santa", by Ian Price, to see the article.



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