Bernard Ravca, the prominent French doll artist who began making his dolls in Paris in 1924, came to New York after the German occupation where he met his wife, Frances Dieks, an outstanding dollmaker in her own right. Frances joined Bernard in 1943. Frances was known for her portrait dolls, ballet dancers and scenes from American life at the time she met Bernard and she continued to make her dolls under the Ravca label. “Bloomer Girl” with her tag “Original Ravca Paris–-New York” is signed “Frances Ravca”. She was probably made in the 1950’s and looks to be a companion doll to “Mary” also listed today. They come from the collection of Jan Foulke.
“Bloomer Girl” is 6 ¾” tall. She is a cloth-bodied doll with a flexible wire armature. Her arms and legs are covered with felt. Her features are hand painted on her composition face and a she has red mohair wig. She has a perky straw hat embellished with a star covered woven blue cotton ribbon. She wears a wide collared lemon yellow long puffed sleeve dress trimmed with blue braid and a blue braid trimmed felt bodice that has painted yellow buttons and a blue felt bow. She wears pantalets and a two layered pinked edge slip underneath. Blue felt slippers are glued to her feet. Our Bloomer Girl carries a bouquet of hand made felt flowers on wire stems.
This doll is in very good condition. She is clean and bright. Please examine the pictures and email me if you have any questions. Signed Frances Ravca dolls are hard to find so “Bloomer Girl” and perhaps "Mary" too could be a wonderful addition to your collection.
A Frances Ravca Doll - "Bloomer Girl"