This example is a 23 inch reproduction doll by a modern late 20th century doll artist using a mold that was cast from an authentic Bru Jne doll. She has large paperweight eyes, pierced ears, and a body that allows her to be posed as if in action. She wears a human hair wig and an outfit made to look 'antique,' though it is not.
Authentic antique originals Bru dolls can of course be very expensive. Because the mold to make the head for this modern copy was taken from a real antique Bru and the bisque was decorated by an accomplished doll artist, dolls like this may be more easily mistaken for an original. Especially if dressed in antique clothing. The doll artist who made this example probably never intended for a buyer to pay a real Bru price for her, but the potential exists for that mistake to be made, just the same.
Antique dolls originally made by well-known doll makers of the past like the Bru Jne & Cie company have been copied and will continue to be copied. Even though this doll's bisque head is inscribed on the back with the name of the company that made the mold from the original, keep in mind that on the secondary market even obvious marks may sometimes be kept concealed under a wig.
Modern skilled craftsmen are able to recreate features of vintage or antique dolls. And as these types of artist-made reproductions begin to gain some amount of actual age of their own it may become increasingly difficult to differentiate some of them from the originals they mimic. So, when buying collectible dolls online never hesitate to ask to see pictures of specific features you think it is important to see clearly, if they have not already been provided in a listing, or to ask questions prior to purchasing.
If you don't feel you have the time to research a doll prior to making a purchase then your best course of action would be to buy dolls for your collection only from established, reputable dealers who value their reputation and avidly seek repeat customers. This type of dealer will be happy to guarantee the authenticity of all items they sell.
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