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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
June Sneak Peek!
friends from Norway have shared another of their passions: Steiner
bébés. Alf Ertsland writes about the adventures he and his partner Svein
have enjoyed as they traveled to fairs, shows and auctions and the
strong attraction they felt for the delightful Steiners with round
faces. As always Alf’s excellent photography captures the essence of
tells us the story of a remarkable poupée discovered this year bearing
the inscription on the neck “Marguerite de Valois” who was married to
Henry IV, the first of the Bourbon line. Three other examples lacking
the inscription have been seen, however this example is unique and
obviously made for an individual of great importance.
In honor of June,
the most popular month for weddings, Laurie Baker gives us an in-depth
look at an antique haute couture bridal gown that boasts many of the
accoutrements contemporary French brides would have enjoyed.
Lenci doll expert
Nancy Lazenby writes about an extremely rare felt banner measuring
21-feet long, depicting children that resemble Lenci dolls made during
the 1920’s and 30’s. It is an extraordinary piece of art, depicting the
children as they age and play outdoors in the changing seasons.
In 1877 the
Jumeau factory offered a new material for use in making doll heads. The
new dolls were called incassable meaning unbreakable and they actually
sold for more than their bisque counterparts! Ginger Strain shares her
collection of small size incassable children.
pictorial broadsheets that narrated a story were a popular form of
entertainment for French girls during the 1800s. Called epinal prints,
they taught moral lessons as well as amusing young children. Melanie
Luther gives us their fascinating history.