Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lady Mary Elaine, Queen Anne Reproduction Doll....SOLD

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♥ THANK YOU CHRISTIANE FOR LET ME SHARE YOUR KIND WORDS ABOUT LADY MARY ELAINE ♥

Hi Sonia,

Your beautiful doll safely arrived this morning, right to begin her new life in southern France.
(It was delayed for one week in Roissy airport, I don't know why, as the USPS tracking said it arrived in Paris on the 23rd.)

I am delighted with her, eyes, face, size, fine clothes, all of the doll is exactly as I expected.
I am very thankful, you are very talented.

As I told you on the phone, I collect bisque head dolls from the end of the XIX century up to WW II, mainly French and German. I don't buy reproduction or replica. BUT when I saw your work (on Pinterest), I enjoyed it very much and was lucky enough to find that you had one doll available at once. It was kind of love at first sight. I especially also like your black girls (Marianne; Harriet; Antonia...).
In my view, your dolls belong to a totally different kind: personal artistic interpretation of dolls that couldn't be seen elsewhere that in Museums (and, even, very few Museums in the world) and, as such, unabling a doll lover to admire and own some piece of beauty. As says the poet "a thing of beauty is a joy forever, its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness"...

Best wishes for a lovely year full of blessings for you and family.

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I carved this doll inspired by a beautiful example of 19th c. wooden doll. Lady Mary Elaine is dressed in antique textiles, the graceful design and colors of her clothing highlight her beauty and the exquisite hand-carving. She has a wonderful patina with just the right amount of wear. I hope you enjoy viewing the pictures of this amazing doll!

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If you have questions or comments,

 please email me at soniakrausedolls@gmail.com





Hand-carved from linden wood, she is jointed at the hip and knees so she can sit nicely.



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She is wearing a two-piece gown, consisting of bodice and skirt. The stomacher is made from a lovely Victorian ivory silk brocade textile.  19th c. Mechlin lace applied to the sleeves and top of stomacher.


She is full of detail and her clothing is stunning!



A close-up of this is mid 19th century quilted  roller printed cotton. It dates to around 1850s. This beautiful textile was printed in France using hand carved wooden blocks. The hues of blue, fuchsia, pink and brown colors have  aged
to lovely pleasing pastels colors......time bestows to beauty!



CLOTH POCKET: Amazing and rare  OTTOMAN silk  and metallic embroidery on linen. Northern Epirus,
today part of Albania, 18th-19th c.



      

My doll's apron is gorgeous. This Victorian Era textile is a combination of silk and lace in a beautiful ivory color!


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And last but not least, Lady Mary Elaine's slippers are quite lovely! Material: 19th c. silk brocade.



Monday, November 14, 2016

Izannah Walker Reproduction Doll....SOLD


"Hope" is a wonderful 20-inch barefoot
 Izannah Walker Reproduction Doll.

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Any questions or comments, please email me at



The "second skin" is antique cotton fabric, late 1800's



Her two-pocket antique calico apron is pinned over the dress
and it is easily to remove.


Oil-painted stockinette head with six ringlets
across the back of her head and two more
on the sides.


The hand-sculpting is exquisite. My dolls have soft-textured head and body, also that lovely  smooth ( another typical characteristic of these early dolls) delicate touch  like well-worn old leather with a slight shine to it,  which has been handed down through generations to the present day. 


Her dress is made from a Civil War Era Calico fabric with swirling vines print  and tiny cream polka dots on a turkey red background. 
Turkey red was a color widely used to dye textiles in the 18th and 19th  centuries.



Her undergarments include petticoat, chemise and bloomers.  All made from antique fabrics.


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Lovely Bonnet!




Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Negra " Antonia " in the Style of Queen Anne Doll.......SOLD


"Negra Antonia" is a fine wooden doll
in the Style of Queen Anne Doll dating from around 1880's

The hand carving and clothing are exquisite.

SOLD

Any questions or comments,
 please email me at soniakrausedolls@gmail.com


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I am happy to share with you this lovely email that I just received upon the arrival of Antonia to her new home:
"Dear Sonia,
         I'm so sorry I didn't write yesterday!!! The beautiful Antonia arrived safe and sound and is simply wonderful...beautiful...amazing....  Honestly, I feel so humbled? Responsible? To be the caretaker of such a beautiful work of art ... she will be cherished! Thank you again Sonia!
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"Antonia" is 18 1/2 inches tall. She is jointed at
shoulders, elbows, hip and knees.
All of her clothing is  made from antique fabrics.



Here is my doll wearing her lovely embroidered tulle day cap. Her hair is gorgeous, the curls are natural and soft.






A close-up of her corset, entirely lined.
Material: Silk Embroidered Brocade Lampas,

FRANCE 1850- 1880
I made her apron from a beautiful 19th century hand made Brussels applique net lace in off-white. Another exquisite piece of her clothing that Antonia will use in a very special occasion. 
Her bum roll pad sewn in the 18th c. style will help her
skirt hang and drape nicely. 

She is wearing a two-piece gown, consisting of caraco and skirt. 


Material: rare example of an early French textile, dating from the 1880's. Beautiful Prussian type blue and indigos.Very unique floral pattern.
 

  








Double Cloth pocket: 19th c. OTTOMAN silk  and metallic embroidery on natural homespun cotton.







Lovely Embroidery slippers from the Victorian Era. Fully lined, leather soles.



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Saturday, September 10, 2016

20" Izannah Walker Doll ....SOLD

 
 
It's been a few days since she was finished and I enjoy her company so  very much. Now that she is ready to find a new home, I pleasantly, as I always do when looking for a name for my dolls, named her " Janet " thinking of my dear old school friend and the great excitement it would be in a few weeks to meet her again and her lovely family. This is just to mention how much I appreciate when my customers adopt a Krause Doll and ask me how did I acquire the names for my dolls.
Another of the questions I usually receive from my doll lovers is about the construction of the head. In my opinion, and I am very confident that many of you agree, one of the most defining features of the dolls made by Izannah Walker,  that makes such an extraordinary work of art, is the structure  of the head. I designed my dolls based on an original Izannah Walker doll, and as the original, they have stockinette heads.
And last but not least, the replica of the body has capture one more time the attention to detail !  My dolls have soft-textured head and body, also that lovely  smooth ( another typical characteristic of these early dolls) delicate touch  like well-worn old leather with a slight shine to it,  which has been handed down through generations to the present day. 
Enjoy!
 

 
 Any questions or comments, please email me at
 
 
 
 
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Janet has painted six ringlets across the back of her head
and two more on the sides.
 

 
The "second skin" is antique cotton fabric, late 1800's
 

 
 Her undergarments include petticoat, chemise and bloomers.  All made from antique fabrics.
 

 
 

 
So Sweet Sunbonnet!
 
 
 
                                


                  
A closer look at this antique madder brown Civil War era calico fabric with a lovely and rare pattern.