Wednesday, February 23, 2022

18" Pandora Doll and her "Sweet Bag"......SOLD

 


You may be familiar with this enchanting face!  
This lovely lady is inspired by a late 17th century pandora doll.  In the past decades some dolls with similar facial and body complexions have been found in England, a fine example of these spectacular dolls are Lord and Lady Clapham at the Victoria & Albert Museum. These early dolls were finely made, the painting and finish are exceptional. Makes me think if they were made by the same craftsman?  Something for sure is that these dolls were made for the wealthy people and were dressed in the latest fashion of the time.
 My doll is 18" tall, I custom made her clothing and accessories with early materials and textiles, some of them dating back to 1790. I have posted several photos for you to see step-by-step how I have dressed her and all the details of this doll. Enjoy! 

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Here is a photo of her entire wardrobe



Her body is made of wood except for her cloth upper arms. A large head and large hands are two distinguished characteristics of these early dolls. 
As you know, Pandora dolls travelled all over Europe (they also arrived in America by the mid to late 1700's). They represented the latest trends in fashion, they didn't only display the newest fashion dress, layers of petticoats and luxury fabrics but also accessories, jewelry, shoes and of course the latest hairstyles.  I imagine the care that these makers put to ship out these works of art to make sure these pandora dolls arrived safe and sound, which means that the delicate wooden bodies wouldn't break, the luxurious textiles arrived without deep creases or wrinkles and the elaborate wigs wouldn't lose their shape! 
 Wigs were made with human hair or mohair. Unfortunately, most of these dolls that have survived till now, have suffered the ravages of time and they retain just a wisp of hair beneath a head-dress or bonnet. With or without hair, they are gorgeous either way, these dolls are beautiful art pieces to treasure. " Time bestowed them beauty "
My doll is wearing a period accurate wig with a high-front style; it's made from antique English mohair in a lovely brunette color.




The shift is considered the most basic garment of the 18th century woman's wardrobe. It plays an essential role because not only does it protect her clothing from the body moisture, but also will protect her from the roughness of some elaborate textiles, some of them were composed entirely of metal threads, like the stays that I made for her.


Dickey petticoat: It is a second layer of skirt worn for modesty and to add warmth to the dress during the cold weather.


I just love her stockings!  Made of soft cotton in the loveliest crimson shade of red color. These were repurposed from a pair of stockings from the Victorian Era.
Dainty antique French silk ribbons are tied tightly around her legs, just above the knees to hold up the stockings. This beautiful diminutive silk ribbon was made for AU BON MARCHE Department Store in Paris, France around 1890.



Stays:  Late 19th century Turkish gold metallic embroidery.
I made a teeny-tiny needle to lace her stays.


False rumps were usually stuffed with cork, feathers, cotton, horsehair. Most of them have attached a cotton or linen panel to protect her from the roughness of these materials, so clever!


I love to repurpose antique garments or remnants of textiles that were made long time ago.  As a textile collector I love to study and preserve them and because antique textiles are unique, I always envision for each of them the opportunity to be restored or recycled. With care and imagination, it's a great feeling to know that these fabrics won't reach the end of their lifecycle when I reuse them for my doll's clothing.

"Point de Beauvais needlework"

Linked-stitch Embroidery: This type of embroidery was made by hand and is known as "Point de Beauvais needlework". It's Italian in origin and dates back to the middle-ages. During the 1700's it became very popular in France.
My doll's cloth pockets are made of a rare, beautiful example of Point de Beauvais textile fragment that was once part of a garment or decorative panel.
 



The side seams of the petticoat have pocket slits to access her secret cloth pockets.





Her dress is made of a stunning silk brocade textile with silver metallic threads, probably French, 3rd quarter 18th Century




My doll is wearing a Historical Dress: The Robe a la FRANCAISE or also known as SACK-BACK Gown with matching stomacher and petticoat. It was the fashion dress of the entire 18th century, but became more popular during the years of 1760' to 1770's. It features a pleated back panel, open front with a slight train. 





" Sweet Bags of the 16th and 17th Centuries"

These small purses were popular during the centuries described above. The sweet bag was filled with spices, dried flowers and herbs, scented powders with the purpose to perfume their bodies and clothing.  Most of these bags were beautifully made with intricate embroideries. 
Her sweet bag is made with a Beauvais embroidery and gold metallic tassels that date from around 1790's









This antique French ribbon rosette is dainty and precise for her head-dress



Her necklace is made of glass seed beads and a tiny 
gold-filled watch slide from the Victorian Era



Shoes: 19th century Ottoman embroidery with metallic threads

Monday, January 24, 2022

11" Blue-Eyed painted Wooden Queen Anne Style Doll....SOLD


                             

This doll is my representation of a British young lady from the early 19th century.  All of her clothing and accessories are made with early materials and textiles; they are removable. If you are interested in purchasing this doll, please contact me at:  soniakrausedolls@gmail.com


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This is a lovely photo of her entire wardrobe. 
Completely hand -sewn!


She is 11 inches tall. Hand carved and hand painted in beautiful detail



Her wig is antique English mohair in a lovely blonde color



Here she is wearing her shift (or chemise as it was later called)


She wants to show-off her cozy cotton stockings and silk garters.  This beautiful diminutive silk ribbon was made for AU BON MARCHE Department Store in Paris, France around 1890



The height of her elaborate hairdo is emphasized for her lovely bonnet 





Double cloth pockets: 18th century French Silk Beauvais Embroidery. The embroidered Fern leaf stems are tiny, and the pastel colors are beautiful.



She is wearing a bum-roll in the 18th century fashion (revival style)


Two-piece gown. Delightful brocade textile: probably Italian, second half 19th century. Her skirt has pocket-slits so she can reach to her secret cloth pockets!









Shoes: Early 19th century silk brocade.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Welcome 2022!!


Happy New Year!!
        All the best to you,
       Sonia

Saturday, December 25, 2021

11" Wooden Queen Anne Style Doll......SOLD

 

On Christmas morning this little girl is sending you warmth Christmas Greetings from Mrs. Krause House 🎄
Her name is Mary. She will come to you with her underclothing
 and accessories as pictured below and a special present
 that Mrs. Krause made for her.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas!

 


May this Christmas bless your home and bring hope to those who most need it, hope to many displaced people, children, adults and elderly from this beautiful country and the whole world.

Merry Christmas and all the best wishes

from 

Sonia Krause

Saturday, December 4, 2021

17.5" Black Wooden Queen Anne Style Doll.....SOLD

 

 

I am pleased to introduce you this lovely wooden doll dressed head-to-toe in historical clothing!  17.5" wooden doll carved from basswood. Beautiful ebony-black complexion. She is my representation of a British lady from the late 18th century.  Her dress is inspired by a museum example of the remarkably popular English gown (Robe à l'Anglaise, in French). All her clothing and accessories are super detailed, made with early materials and textiles, they are removable. She comes with an extensive wardrobe, hand-made and historically accurate. If you are interested in purchasing her, please contact me at:

soniakrausedolls@gmail.com


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Here is a photo of her clothing and accessories that I custom made for her.


Here she is wearing her shift (or chemise as it was later called) and dickey petticoat. The shift plays an essential role because not only does it protect her clothing from the body moisture, but also will protect her from the roughness of some elaborate textiles, some of them were composed entirely of metal threads. So luxurious!
I love her jewelry set made with glass seed beads from the Victorian Era.



Making miniature pair of stockings is something that I enjoy very much every time I start the design of the historical reproduction clothing for my dolls. As you know, the earlier dolls had fine carving legs, which I love to reproduce.

Dainty antique French silk ribbons are tied tightly around her legs, just above the knees, to hold up her cotton stockings.



It's time to lacing her stays!
 They are of silk brocade, dating from the late 18th century.
I made a teeny-tiny needle to lace her stays.







Double cloth pockets: early Ottoman embroidery with silk and metallic threads


She is also wearing another layer of petticoat or underskirt made of cotton, it has pocket- slits as well, so she can reach to her secret pockets!


Many centuries ago fashionable women were super creative to get their desired silhouette, these 
false bum rumps would help to emphasize their tiny waist and accentuate their butts and hips.
False rumps were usually stuffed with cork, feathers, cotton, horsehair. Most of them have attached a cotton or linen panel to protect her from the roughness of these materials, so clever!


Before I started working on this project, it happens that I had the opportunity to purchase a collection of antique textiles from a textile collector and I immediately fell in love with this red cotton satin fabric and I envisioned to make a garment for one of my dolls. I think the red color of her skirt blends beautifully with the colors of her gown.



Robe à l'Anglaise: this gown evolved from the mantua. It also has similar details in design with the Robe a la Francaise, but the key difference is the back. The robe à l'Anglaise was never formal enough to be an official court gown. It still has the tight back which makes a fitted bodice.
 In my opinion it's practical, elegant and I love how it's designed. Her gown is made of a beautiful cotton fabric from the Victorian Era.




The bonnet, fichu, frills and apron are made of a lovely antique lace. It dates from about 1920's, made in France.




I made her chatelaine with the essential tools for her sewing chores: it has a pinball, a roll up sewing housewife and a pair of antique miniature scissors. Super cute!
Entirely hand made with early textiles and accessories.





Her brocade high heel shoes in the 18th century 
style finishes the look! Made of silk brocade dating from the late 1700's