Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A certain haunting beauty and serenity about her

Hi everyone: I just finished a doll a couple weeks ago and I think she may be one of my favourite dolls I have ever made, so I wanted to share her photos with you. I am so pleased with her in every way!

Several people we know have said that "there is a certain haunting beauty and serenity about her."
I liked this comment about her.

I intended to dress her in the rare pale aqua dress silk with silver gilt thread from 1750 and use a really nice silver stomacher I made a while back. I even had her shoes made out of the aqua fabric but the colour just did not look good on this doll. It really did nothing for her. On the other hand, this early wool that I had was the perfect match for her and just made the doll stand out beautifully.
The fabric patina matches the dolls patina perfectly making it look as if the dress has been on her for many many years.
I was able to do some creative matching up of patterns with the wool of the dress to work into a very lovely and intricate mirror image pattern. She has a very fancy pair of shoes I made for her but chose to make her a more simple (not simple to make mind you) pair of traditional leather lace up shoes to wear. She can keep her fancy shoes for a special occasion.
I am very pleased with the patina I was able to accomplish on the brown leather shoes and they fit tight as a glove.
I am particularly pleased with the early antique trim and lace detail work around the top of the bodice and stomacher because of the patina which worked out just as I had hoped. Its very hard to make even very early fabric, trim, lace and such as I have used here to appear to have been almost fused onto the doll like when you see a antique example with all original sewn on clothing. It's very hard to explain just what I mean when I say, the dress looks like its been on the doll for 250+ years but you should get a idea when you look at the detail photos.
You may notice in the detail photos, she has what appears to be a couple hundred years of accumulated dust and dirt that shows up around the bust line where you just can't quite clean it out, just like the coal dust on a antique example from setting around or laying around for a couple hundred years in a 17th or 18th century cottage in England. OK so my dolls 250+ year old patina and 250+ years of coal dust and dirt happened in just a few days but no one would know that who didn't know she is a Old Pretender.

The last 2 photos attached here is the 1750's aqua silk, silver stomacher and shoes I made which I had planned on dressing her in but it just did not work on this doll.

I am now working on a doll for the 18th century aqua fabric and the silver stomacher....hopefully this will be the one it works perfect on.


Monday, August 23, 2010

A very special little late 17th century Lady

Now for something a little different but quite rare. We have based our newest late 17th century English wooden on a couple of very rare antique examples from the 1690's.
The antique examples are quite small as is our example below. The antiques and our doll are carved from the waist up like the larger examples of William and Mary period dolls, just a bit simpler and cruder but from the waist down, they are basically a stump. We are very pleased with how she turned out and I really love the hands Paul carved for this one.
We think our little lady has quite the amazing face and personality for her small size of 7.5 inches tall. Her face and expression in her portrait photos are particularly haunting and soulful I think.
Click on the photos for a large view of her great patina and details that I am very pleased with.
She is currently available but will probably not be here for long so e-mail us if you are interested in her.
David & Paul

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Our newest William and Mary period Lady

We would like to present our newest William and Mary period English wooden. She is based on a very rare brown eyed antique example from around 1690. Her face detail and painting is exactly the same as the antiques as well.
We think she has a very sweet expression, more like a young lady rather than the mature, disapproving and stern look that most 17th century examples have. The antique doll has this same sweeter expression.
The wonderful and very early fabric worked up great and with our "magic touch", looks like its been on this doll for over 300 years. (see the detail photos) Combine this and the great patina work we have accomplished on this doll and she looks every bit the antique.
We hope everyone enjoys seeing this lovely young lady.


We just received a very nice comment on this doll from the new owner and wanted to post it above the dolls photos. Thank you!

"I just received this doll as a birthday gift and can confirm that she is even more spectacular in person--I really feel as though I am looking at a genuine antique. As I live in a circa 1690 home, she is the perfect addition to my decor. Amazing craftsmanship, thanks!"