Wednesday, February 24, 2021

"Cherish" dressed in the remarkably popular 1770's Robe á la Polonaise....SOLD


Cherish is 16.5 inches tall. She is a wooden Queen Anne style doll hand carved and hand painted in beautiful detail.  I made her clothing and accessories with early materials and textiles, some of them dating back to the late 18th century. Her intricate clothing is assembled with layers of skirts. As an avid textile collector, you can imagine what a great pleasure it is for me to have the opportunity not only to design their wardrobe and accessories, but to choose meticulously the fabrics to make the clothing for each of my dolls. I love having my dolls dressed the way I envisioned them since the very first minute!
As her name says, Cherish is a lovely doll that you will "treasure dearly"

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!


Fine hand-carving of her entire body. She has antique glass eyes with eyelashes and eyebrows finely painted. 

Here is Cherish wearing her long shift and dickey petticoat for warmth and modesty.

Her long silk stockings are held up with garters.

She is a wooden doll with one piece carved head and torso, with jointed legs and arms. As the very early ones, she has cloth upper arms and jointed at the elbow. I carefully give to my dolls a wonderful age related patina.

Women's clothing in the 18th century amaze me!  They wore a shift, pockets, many layers of skirts, a fichu petticoats, a gown, etc. and of course, stays (infallible!). I made her stays from a late 19th century brocade silk.

Cloth pockets: Early 19th c. French brocade textile

Cherish is also wearing a cotton petticoat from 
the Edwardian Era.

If you want your 18th century doll to have that wonderful 
puff up skirt, the bum rumps works great!

Skirt: Beautiful example of late 18th century brocade textile.

Fichus were an essential accessory for an 18th century
 woman's wardrobe. Here is Cherish wearing her fichu I made  from an early French lace.

The polonaise is shown over her silk petticoat.
Silk ribbons are attached on the opposite sides of the dress for looping up the skirt, attaching them to two tiny buttons sewn to the outside waistline.
Gown: Delightful French silk brocade textile dating about 1840's

Headdress: Inspired on an English coif.  This embroidered textile is a wonderful example of the skilled artisans of the Ottoman Era. 

The metallic silver trim is beautiful. Origin: France, ca. 1780's
Her necklace is made out of glass seed beads from the Victorian Era.

Her chatelaine dangles four gold plated chains, each of them ends holding an essential tool for Cherish' sewing chores. I made her pinball with the lovely blue silk brocade that I used to make her shoes. The roll up sewing case is inspired on a museum example dating from the 18th century. It's made with early trims and textiles, it also has a tiny diamond shape mirror that was affixed on to a textile dating back to the 18th century probably from India, where artisans excelled at the handcraft and mirror work.

And last but not least are Cherish' shoes.  Lovely blue silk brocade. She loves to show off her shoes!

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