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Friday, November 14, 2014
Sneak Peek at our December Issue!
The well known
papier mache and china doll expert Christiane Grafnitz has written a
compelling article on the early dolls of J.D. Kestner. Records indicate
that by 1815 J.D. Kestner was selling paper mache goods, including doll
heads to other European countries, so we may assume that he began
production even earlier. Christiane discusses the company’s paper mache
production and shares some unusual examples, including the rare doll on
our cover. Kestner sample sheets illustrating the rich variety of caps,
bonnets and hats of that time complement her informative article.
encounter with “Nelly” led Fritzi of Fritzi’s Antique Dolls to
specialize in very large antique dolls measuring 36 to 42 inches.
Typically special ordered for a child from a family of means, they are
difficult to find but worth the effort. In her article she shares some
of her favorites.
In this country
an angel or a star often tops our holiday trees, but in England it is
the Christmas Fairy who deserves the place of honor. Margaret Kincaid
has been collecting Christmas Fairies (not to be confused with angels
who don’t carry wands) for years and shares them with us in her article
on holiday traditions.
We return to my
friend Ann Meehan’s house to take another fascinating tour of two dolls’
houses, a circa 1860 Georgian, purchased in London and a magnificent
Mystery house, formerly in the Enchanted Dollhouse in Vermont. These
elegant one-of-kind houses are rich with the trappings of a privileged
and lavish lifestyle.
counts among her many passions Cartes de Visite photos of little girls
and their dolls and exquisite calling cards. The charming CDV’s in her
article allow us to peek back in time to study the doll, children’s
clothing, hairstyles and the furniture of the period. The colorful
lithographed cards remind us of an earlier and gentler era.
The Bavarian Nationalmuseum in Munich is known for its outstanding collection
Sicilian, Tyrolean and Bavarian wood carvings including street scenes
and nativity scenes. You will be amazed at the incredible artistry seen
in these figures, buildings and accessories.