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Joan's Antique Dolls 


Antique dolls of high quality at fair prices

backed by expertise and professionalism, sold with love.

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My doll shop is eclectic, but I  specialize in antique French and German bisque, European cloth, Russian dolls from pre-revolutionary times to the present artists, early papier-mache and wooden dolls.  You will find lovely antique or artist made costumes and other accessories as well. I am studying the Grodnertal dolls currently. These are my collecting passion. Whenever possible my dolls have factory original or antique costumes and they are always dressed appropriately for their period. I collected dolls as a child then put them away through Ph.D. graduate school years, internship and early practice as a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology. At 40 I fell in love again with Madame Alexander's Blue Fairy Cissette and from there began collecting  bisque Nancy Ann Storybook dolls, Russian cloth from pre-revolutionary times  and Lenci children, then German bisque and French Bebes, and finally early 19th century woodens. At 71, I still enjoy the hunt for elusive antique dolls for my customers and for my own collection.

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Joan Farrell

For 15 years I had a brick and mortar store in Indianapolis Madames, Mice & More, which was attached to my psychotherapy office. I found the dolls and bears to be an important respite for me after a day of working with trauma survivors and my clients too derived great benefit from visiting the doll or bear rooms.  I still read doll books voraciously and love to continue learning and sharing knowledge with my customers. As was my practice as a psychology professor, if you ask a doll or bear question that I cannot answer I will try to help you find the answer through research or contact with an expert in that area of collecting. I love the "hunt" including searching for special requests from clients. I am an active UFDC member, and was a founding officer in the UFDC Antique Doll Study Guild of Indiana. I am a member of  NADDA (the National Antique Doll Dealers Association) and follow their strict guidelines for accurate identification of antique dolls and ethical selling standards. Before COVID I participated in the UFDC Salesroom and NADDA Shows. I was a partner in Joan & Lynette Antique Dolls on Ruby Lane  2006-2020 with 241 Five Star reviews on Trust Pilot.  Changes in online selling prompted our decision to have separate stores on Ruby Lane for our separate inventories.

You can buy directly from me on this site where I have more price flexibility or visit me and buy from my store on Ruby Lane:

I am just back from a buying trip to Paris and the Chartres show and auction with many new finds, which I will be listing soon. Keep watching this site and my Ruby Lane store.

 All our merchandise is smoke-free. Please be advised that we require insurance on our dolls unless other arrangement is specifically made. Flexible layaway and offers are welcome. We want to make it possible for you to own the dolls of your dreams.

Our motto is:

"We pursue the elusive and cherish the traditional with passion and integrity". 

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