Saturday, October 9, 2021

Early October Doll Show, Part 2

  As I told you in Part 1, there was one dealer who had wonderful art dolls. I had seen her booth at a previous show, but I don't think I took any photos that time. (Don't worry. I made up for it this time!) Almost everything she had was artist made. She had a few random Kish dolls and maybe some Tonner at the one side of her booth, and some Wee Forest Folk figures, which you'll see below. But I'd say 90% of what she had was artist made, and a lot of it was one of a kind. You may have read the post where I talked about how my sister and I will look at certain things, and say, "We could make that." (And how Ivy finds that so insulting to the artists.) Well I looked at these and didn't say that once. I wanted everything she had, (including the Kish dolls and the Wee Forest Folk!), but could only afford a couple of tiny things.

The cat is about 5 inches tall.

  She had multiples of these things, so they were manufactured, I guess. They're still very cute and well made though. From the embroidery I almost think they had to have been hand made. But they were al alike, so not one of a kind.

  The dealer was Diane's Doll Shoppe, and apparently she had come all the way from Connecticut. 

  She has a website, in case you see something you like, or want to see what else she has. You can go to it HERE. She said she carries things from artists from all over the world. Unfortunately a lot of the dolls didn't have the artist's name on them. That's quite insulting to the artists, and also extremely unfair.  They put a lot of work into their dolls, and they deserve some credit. Also, what if you love their work and would like to search for more? Maybe the dolls didn't have the information on them when she got them though. Who knows? Some of the information included about the dolls here was obtained from the website.

The little anthropomorphic bulldog on the top row reminds me of the work of English artist Annie Montgomerie.

This tiger reminds me of the Annie's work too, but her work is a bit more detailed, and more, 'pre-dirtied',
 I suppose you would call it, and dressed in more retro funky styles.

The pug puppies up top are from Canada.

The kids in the middle are needle felted. The cats and pumpkin head people on the right are by Allen Cunningham. The brown bulldog is on her website. He's needle felted and made in Ukraine. No artist information though.

This sweet giraffe was very softly stuffed. I expected his legs to be hard, but they were so soft I was surprised he was standing. 

A better look at the Allen Cunningham figures.

The two on the left are by Marca. The Marca doll on the right of the two is called Veruca in Blue. They are about 10 inches tall and are $340 each.

The very depressed girl in front was made in Lithuania.

An Alice. She's expensive, so it's a good thing I didn't care for her very much. The nurse is by T. Antolick 

I think the squirrel is by T. Antolick. Looks like the unicorn and maybe the donkey and chipmunk are also by T Antolick.

Here's that squirrel again.

I love the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. They were made in Lithuania. The baby is on her website. There is no artist listed. She's just Little Girl in a Shoe.

Another Alice, and someone called 'Kitchen Pig'. Kitchen Pig was made in Russia. She fits in well with Alice. 

This guy is an R. John Wright doll.

The guy below, and probably the cats too, are also by R. John Wright.

The White Rabbit.

I have always loved Wee Forest Folk.

  I think my favourite item she had, or at least the one whose artistry amazed me the most, was this guy.

You can see every wrinkle in his snout under that hand rooted hair.

Look at his little tongue! I sent my sister a picture of him, and she was creeped out by his 'human eyes'.

  So that's it for the doll shows this year. I'll miss the last October one because I'll be at Lori's for her 60th birthday. I still have some interesting things to show you though. I'll be very busy in October, because Ivy is coming home soon! Plus going to Lori's. I'll still try to have the Doll Book of the Month Club entry up in time though. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Early October Doll Show, Part 1

   I told you I was going to a doll show on Sunday. My sister told me afterward that the toy show she and I went to last year was the same day. The doll show was almost all very expensive antique dolls, so i might have done better going to the toy show. There were a few things I could afford, but not a lot. I bought very few things. Had I been overloaded with money there were many things I could have bought. One booth had so many good things I wanted EVERYTHING! That booth is a post in itself, so look for Part 2 of this doll show post coming soon. As for now, here are some of the other highlights from the show. As I came into the show I saw this booth of antique Asian dolls. Many of them were in the thousands of dollars. We'll see more of them further down.

These beautiful antique girls  were up next.

  I had a much more pleasant experience this time with dealers as far as taking pictures. Remember, a while abck that lady was really crabby about having her dolls photographed?

I love the kid on the right!

This time the dealers were super nice about allowing photographs. Several dealers thanked me for asking, and one expressed some annoyance with the fact that most people just take pictures without bothering to ask.
  This Ginny playground set was so cute. I could imagine doing some very cute photos with it.

  I aske done of the dealers why some dealers were so down on letting people take photos. She said, "There are a lot of reasons. One thing is, if there name is associated with the pictures, they worry about theft." Well I hate to tell them, but everybody at the show has seen them, maybe picked up their card, seen all their dolls: they know they have them! If they really wanted to rob them, they could follow them home, or whatever. Having photographs online doesn't do anything but maybe give them some publicity. As for the other reasons, she didn't tell them to me.
  These little guys were very cute.

Their friend in the front is a little glum.

  This girl is by Helen Kish.

  Sorry kid in pink, but you look like actor Albert Salmi.

  These gorgeous kids are made of wood.

Ken reminds me that I should mention that the price of entry to the doll show had gone up to $10! That's crazy! By the time you have spent $10 getting in, you have eaten into your spending budget quite a bit, at least if you are me.

 I think the boy on the left is wooden too.

P loved this little girl's face. She looks familiar, almost like a Pongratz doll, but they are made of wood, and she's not.

  I think some of these are Madame Alexander Little Women.

Is the one in the blue dress an Alice?

It wasn't as big as the old doll show I used to go to. It was pretty good sized though. This picture was taken with another wall of tables behind me.

  I do miss the shows with tubs and tables of interesting 60's and more recent dolls, and little surprises I could afford. The antique dolls are wonderful to see, and I enjoy them, but it would be nice to find things I could actually buy. No wonder younger people aren't going to shows or collecting dolls. They can't afford it.


  I really like this girl. She is unmarked, but has lots of personality. Anybody know who she is? The dealer was at a loss.

  Remember the post I did on brush dolls? Check these out.

  I saw two sets of Baps dolls at the show.

  This Betsy McCall bride doll was beautiful. She's a much bigger doll than the one I got recently. She was probably about 22 inches tall.

  I really like Margie dolls. They're so cute, and are actually quite articulated.  This one was in amazingly good condition for her age.

  I'd love to have been able to bring these girls home. They're both bisque, and probably from the 1920's or 30's.

  The little blue bear is most likely from the 1940's. The little girl next to him looks great in her pretty blue outfit, even if it is actually new.

The girl on the right looks like she's really thinking about something.

  I recognized the maker of this fella right off. He's a Zwergnase. I LOVE him! The also amazing dog is "Peter Pan"'s  Nana, by R.John Wright.

  I was quite impressed by this doll's face.

Having looked up the artist, I believe she is made of  Cernit Super Sculpey.

She is a one of a kind doll from 1998. I think she's a Julia Fischer doll, but the tag was hard to read.

That's not actually a bad price for a one of a kind doll of her quality. She was quite large too.

  This dealer had three Alice's.

  I was taken by this girl in green and white gingham. She was also unmarked, so I don't know who she is.

  Check this guy out. He's Pinocchio, y Ralph A. Freundlich.

  This tiny little girl was in a case full of mini dolls. She was my favourite.

  I found some Old Cottage dolls, but they were expensive. My favourite was the one on the right.

  This was a lovely line of ladies.

  I really liked this unmarked doll in the front, right. (Is the doll behind, to the left, an Alice?)

The dealer had no idea who she is. Does anybody know? She has tin eyes.

  Now back to those super expensive, probably museum quality Asian dolls.

The 4th full sized doll from the left is wearing a cape made of something like coconut fiber.

I loved these two.

This guy was a puppet, and was over $6000.

  That's it for this post. Coming up we'll see the amazing artists dolls from one booth. It was my favourite booth of the whole show. I wanted everything the dealer had, but I could only afford a couple of small things.