This Blog accompanies my class Miss Bronte Meets Miss Pym. There are graphics and photos, bliographies and lists of books in print. Included is information about related topics and The other Brontes, Shirley Jackson, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Susan Glapsell. Please visit often, and feel free to visit whether you are in my course or not.
In Memory of our Friend Cathy Berta
Miss Pym and a Friend
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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Cycladic Idol; Cincinnati Art Museum
Think of Norman and his "stuffed Animals" or the vicar and his soap animals; Joe Spencer Collection and Soft Sculpture
Here are a couple newly discovered dolls from Gallerie II, and a memoir of someone who helped me along in my own collecting. A recent interview with Elizabeth Ann Coleman for Antique Doll Collector Magazine Blog reveals that Ann Coleman is researching ceramic porcelain shoulder heads for her most recent project, so here is an update of an article on china heads and all their variations. Finally, as I continue to uncover great finds, I include an encore performance of a tribute to my mother, who encouraged my collecting in all things. More soon about another estate collection, recent find, dolls for fall, and auction updates. Remember, I try to answer all emails, but give me a few days turnaround, and note I am not a dealer or professional appraiser. I'm just someone, like all of you, who loves dolls! Happy Collecting!
Joe Spencer Folk Dolls for Gathered Traditions are delightful works of affordable doll art. If you love holidays, especially Halloween, you will love these original soft sculpture creations. Our thanks to Ryan of Gathered Traditions, too. Read More
This first of three articles about china heads discusses the earliest known Venus ceramic figure through modern examples made in the 1960s. Many collectors are still interested in traditional china heads, even so-called low-brows. Sometimes, I'd like to see statistics on how often these dolls were reproduced. Any ceramicists out there who can help out?
My mother became a default doll collector, who rescued, dressed, and returned their innocence, to dolls. She was also skilled at dressing dolls and repairing them, and she had an eye for the unusual. Do you have photos of dolls your mothers have made that you would be willing to share with me for a gallery? Email them to me at your convenience. Thank you!