Take a look at our February 2016 issue...
Superlative hardly begins to describe our cover! There can be no doubt that some dolls are true works of art. This rare and all original couple, a striking likeness of King Edward and Queen Alexandra by the gifted sculptor and wax modeler Charles Ernest Pierotti, are in their full ceremonial attire. Author Claire K. Davies details their construction and ornate costuming, a tribute to British royal history and the artistry of Pierotti.
Steiff has long been famous for their center-seamed dolls, but beginning in the early 1920's, they had been experimenting to develop a doll made from seamless pressed felt. Eliminating the center seam on their cloth dolls proved to be a challenging venture. Rebekah Kaufman writes about these dolls that are difficult to find in today's marketplace.
François and Danielle Theimer write about Jumeau fashion, a subject near and dear to their heart. In their esteemed opinion the soul of this illustrious firm was the woman who dressed the poupées and bébés in style and elegance, Ernestine Stéphanie Jumeau, the wife of Emile Louis Jumeau.
Sadly, many European museums have closed in recent years, yet one, the Musée de la Poupée continues to delight and expand. A recent visit showcases some of its treasures.
Margaret Gay Kincaid shares her love of Old Paris China, sold in elegant Parisian shops with only the shop label to identify it. As well as full-sized pieces, delightful patterns were hand painted on tiny china for children and dolls.
Last year's UFDC special exhibit, "American Women Dream in Cloth: Cottage Industry 1840-1930" was exceptional. This is part II of an unforgettable viewing experience.
We love the tiny all bisque dolls dressed in crocheted costumes…the diminutive animals are just as precious! Sharon Hope Weintraub shares these delightful critters from Carol Horn Nachf and Hertwig and Company.
What a great issue this is! All this plus an exciting look at results from the recent Theriault's auctions in Newport Beach, CA.