Candy by Rolanda Heimer for Zapf and Filipo a Dribble Baby (now Felicia) by Carin Lossnitzer for Gotz
German-based manufacturers, Gotz and Zapf, have produced both modern play line and exquisite artist dolls.
Angelica and Aaron by Philip Heath/Gotz
From Gotz, dolls by British-born artist, Philip Heath are amazing! Two examples are Angelica and Aaron. Aaron is 39 inches and Angelica is 38 inches. Angelica has multiple points of articulation allowing this breathtaking beauty to either sit or stand. After leaving Gotz, Heath moved to Spain where he opened his own doll factory.
Other former Gotz artists include Elissa Glassgold, Yoke Grobben, Ulrike Hutt, and Elizabeth Lindner.
From Zapf, lovely dark-skinned artist dolls by Bettina Feigenspan, Elissa Glassgold, and others have been offered.
No longer producing artist dolls, Gotz and Zapf play line dolls are still available. These are high quality dolls with sleep eyes, rooted or molded hair, usually made of vinyl with cloth bodies.
I took several headshots and full-view images of dolls manufactured in Germany by the two aforementioned companies and/or by German doll artists or artists who utilized these manufacturers to distribute their dolls. In addition, dolls by other German artists (Annette Himstedt, Heidi Plusczok, and Ruth Treffeisen) were photographed. These images can be viewed as a slideshow or individually by clicking here.
Interesting Article on Philip Heath: