Serene and enchanting!
Finely carved 17" wooden pandora doll. Her entire body is made of wood, except for her cloth upper arms. She has beautiful antique glass eyes; her wig is made of antique mohair in a lovely dark brown color. I carefully gave to Mariella a wonderful age-related patina. She represents a British young lady from the mid 18th century.
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Here is a photo of her entire wardrobe. All her clothing and accessories are beautifully detailed, made with early materials and textiles, they are removable. She comes with an extensive wardrobe, hand-made and historically accurate.
I am always pleased to share photos with you (I never get tired to photograph my dolls) so I can show you step-by step how
I have dressed her and all the details of this doll. Enjoy!
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.
Her silk/cotton stockings have the loveliest pale blue color. These were repurposed from a pair made in France, around 1920's. Dainty antique French silk/satin ribbons are tied tightly around her legs, just below the knees to hold up the stockings.
Dickey petticoat: It is Summer! but she is still wearing a second layer of skirt for modesty.
Stays: I was fortunate to find this beautiful silk textile to make her stays. It was the backing of a 18th century garment.
I made a teeny-tiny needle to lace her stays.
Her shift, dickey petticoat and these false rumps are made of antique cotton fabrics. They were usually stuffed with cork, feathers, cotton wool, horsehair. Most of them have attached a cotton or linen panel to protect her from the roughness of these materials, so clever!
I love historical accessories that were used for women for her sewing chores, most of them are made of beautiful early textiles. All hand sewn!
Mariella is delighted with her double cloth pockets, made of a lovely 1880's quilted cotton textile.
Fichu: French lace from the Victorian Era.
Quilted petticoat: My doll welcomes another layer of skirt knowing that the winter months are approaching. It has pocket-slits as well, so she can reach to her secret cloth pockets! Beautiful 19th c. French early example of hand block printed textile.
She is wearing an historical dress: The Robe a la Francaise or also known as a Sack-Back Gown. 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 beautiful, pleated back panel. Her dress is made of a beautiful 19th c. Spitalfields silk satin brocade textile.
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.
And her shoes finish the look! This beautiful Ottoman embroidery depicts tiny pineapples, pomegranates and delicate floral sprays.