This example is a small modern reproduction of a Francois Gaultier doll head that came with a French fashion body. It has antique paperweight eyes and a medium brown mohair wig in an upswept hairdo. The painting of the facial features identifies this doll head as a modern copy. The style of application is not identical to what one would expect to find on an authentic head, the lips should have smaller curled outlines.
The artist that made this piece signed it 'FG' on the back of the head in red although the letters most likely refer to the mold type and are not the artist's initials.
Many antique dolls have been copied and some reproductions are very good. in-mold markings one might look for on an old doll are not always the best indicator of authenticity, because if an authentic piece is used to make a mold the incised marks that were present on it may also be copied. However, if you know a doll should be marked, but it is not, that missing characteristic is generally a very good indicator of lack of originality. Questions should be asked as to why an original maker's marks are not present.
Item ID: 2007RP000322
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