Take a look at our December 2016 issue...

Our December issue will be in your hands well before Christmas. It's our gift to you that should begin arriving in late November with good things from around the world.

 

Starting on the cover there are treasures from the legendary French doll museum in Paris, the Musée de la Poupée directed by our contributor Samy Odin. He is a man of many talents, collector, historian, author and his own story is as fascinating as his collections. We take a peek at both in this issue.

 

Another wonderful piece of Paris appears in this issue. Marie Vassilief, a glamorous Russian artist, was an important member of the art world and the fashion world in the early 20th Century. She worked with everyone from Picasso to Modigliani, and almost married Rousseau! Her artwork often involved dolls and especially the "Little Me" portrait dolls that today command incredible prices in the art world. Historian Dominique Pennegues shares the Marie Vassilief story through her dolls, and shows us a fascinating insight into that era of world-class artists.

 

1920s doll expert Sharon Hope Weintraub brings us a lively piece of research on Clockwork Carnival Dolls. Made by Zaidan Toys, these cheap and cheerful little dolls were marketed as novelty items and often were give-aways at carnivals. They would attract attention as they shimmied and shook thanks to their clockwork mechanisms. Very few of these rare delight have survived, which makes reading about them all the more interesting.

 

A parade of majestic pictures illustrate Linda Holderbaum's article on one line of Liberty of London dolls – British royals and historic figures – dolls that include the line for the 1937 Coronation of Edward and Elizabeth.

 

Back in America, we visit the Concord Museum in Mass. with doll artist Robin Thompson and learn about her part in a magical exhibition, "The Art and Mystery of the Doll House."

 

And finally Antique Doll Collector goes to California, to help celebrate the 25 year association of UFDC and the Carmel Doll and Toy Study Club.

Happy Collecting!