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Vol. XI, No 2 Spring 2002

Inside this edition of Small Wonders...


The Heart of the Tree:
Early Wooden Dolls

May 4th - November 10th, 2002

     The plentiful and malleable nature of wood has lent itself to use in the creation of dolls and doll-like figures for many centuries. Play dolls have been whittled or crudely constructed from sticks, others turned on lathes and elaborately carved. Precious few ancient examples, however, have withstood the ravages of time.
   
Among the most enigmatic of dolls are the early woodens of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Stately in their simplicity, yet clearly made by highly skilled craftsmen, they have yet to be ascribed to specific makers. Many of these early woodens are believed to have originated in England. Although only speculation currently exists as to their talented makers, some have complete histories of the aristocratic families that originally acquired them and held them for hundreds of years.
   
Rosalie’s collection reflects her abiding appreciation for these rare wooden doll treasures. Less than thirty William and Mary era English woodens are currently known to exist. Among these, only two have been found with glass eyes, both of which are in the Museum collection. (Others have painted eyes.) One of these c.1690s glass-eyed woodens is on permanent exhibit, and the other will be featured in our Heart of the Tree exhibit, along with a painted-eye doll of the same era.  Joining them will be more than 30 other eighteenth century and early to middle nineteenth century wooden dolls, including those attributed to the Grödner Tal region of Austria (now Italy), France, Oberammergau and other areas of Germany, and others. Several will include wardrobes sewn for them over the years by their original and later owners, including a very special 32" all-wooden "Grödner Tal" known to collectors as "Maude Middleton", (derived from the name of her original owner).
   
Maude and all the dolls will be joined by adult-size clothing and other eighteenth and nineteenth century accessories and artifacts. We hope you will stop by and join us as we "stroll through the woods", through November 10th, 2002.

-Jill Gorman
Curator


from the director...

    It wasn’t until we were well into staging the Celluloid exhibit that we realized just what a great exhibit it was going to be. It was a little disconcerting at first, I guess, because of their fragility and light weight, so we were attempting to display the dolls with the least use of stands as possible. But we were greatly surprised at how well so many of the dolls and toys and the wide range of "other objects" supported themselves or adapted to some creative mounts. We were well rewarded when, to our amazement, several people declared this their favorite exhibit to date. It was quite startling to realize that the total of dolls and toys together probably weighed only seven to ten pounds! Just that they are still here today to delight us is very gratifying and, once again, we pay homage to those wonderful children, their parents, and collectors who have taken the responsibility to preserve and take care of them. We also thank the people who offered so many wonderful items for loan to the exhibit - Andrea Eastman, Nancy Uttech, Eleonora Miller – right down to the last pen manufactured in 2002 by Platinum Pen Co.
   
Fortunately, shortly after the exhibit opening, we received quite a number of lovely celluloid dolls and toys in two collections. They did not make it in the exhibit but did make it to the Museum Store! I think we all have a better understanding, respect, and desire for the amazing first plastic dolls, toys, and especially ladies’ boudoir accessories.
   
We realize three months isn’t enough time to get everyone to the Museum who would enjoy the celluloid exhibit, but we must admit to being very excited to be opening "The Heart of the Tree: Early Woodens to the 1850s" on May 4, 2002. We have planned and dreamed and worked for several years for this and all that would deter us from the excitement would be that not everyone will get to see it and experience the glory of these dolls. Determined that all who wished to would get to at least see the dolls that royal children cradled several centuries ago, we have decided to do a catalog of this exhibit. It will be our first and it probably will not come out until sometime in the middle of the exhibit, but we felt it must be done before most of these dolls get tucked away in storage again. Naturally, we have quite a few on permanent exhibit and a few more will go out after the exhibit closes in November 2002. Some others have been shown in other changing galleries but the dolls need their space and that is hard to come by in the permanent exhibit with so many interests to which we cater.
   
Hopefully, this beautiful color documentation will provide a tool for learning as well as proximity for our readers to the eyes and smiles and souls of these charming wooden dolls of long ago.  Feel free to call and put your name on a list to receive this book "hot off the press" in the coming months.

-Rosalie A Whyel
Director


Welcome To Our New & Returning Members:

 

Sally Spear Bauer         

Mary Kay Brancheau         

Rebecca Daman         

Laurae Dunning         

Heather Hansen         

Estelle Johnston         

Beverly Luce         

Lisa Pepin         

Maxine Smith         

Doreen J Thompson         

Kathy Weisner

        
Melinda Begelman

          Hap Crawford

          Mary Draper

          Carol A Graham

          Janet Hollander

         Susan Lawson

          Anne McClain

         Laura Reynolds

          Anna & Ted Tavener

          Tanya Vaksman


We would like to thank the following people for their generous
donations during the last quarter:

Larry Bosi (on behalf of Mary T. Bossi)
Kestner 154 and doll marked "Alice" with provenance

Josey Fast
Collection of ethnic dolls

Therese Keegan
Doll clothes pattern

Lenore Watkins
Collection of 38 bisque and china head dolls; handmade cloth dolls; patterns and fabric; doll magazines; doll crib

We sincerely hope we have not excluded anyone.


From the Museum Store...

 

 

Call or stop by for more details or call the Museum Store:
(425) 455-1116 or toll free at 1-800-440-DOLL.


NANCY JO’S DOLL SHOW*

Fairgrounds
Vallejo CA
Friday May 3, 2002
12pm - 4pm
Saturday May 4, 2002
9am - 4pm

PACIFIC NW DOLL COLL. CLUB DOLL SHOW & SALE

Lake City Community Center
Seattle WA
Saturday May 4, 2002
10am - 3pm

NADDA*
NATIONAL ANTIQUE DOLL
DEALERS ASSOCIATION

Tukwila Embassy Suites
Seattle WA
Friday May 10, 2002
10:30am - 5pm
Saturday May 11, 2002
10:30am - 4pm

BUCK ISLAND ENTERPRISES
DOLL, BEAR & TOY SHOW & SALE

Embassy Suites
Lynnwood WA
Sunday May 19, 2002
9:30am - 4:30pm

MID-COLUMBIA DOLL CLUB’S ANNUAL DOLL SHOW & SALE

Doubletree Hotel
Pasco WA
Saturday May 25, 2002
10am - 3pm

ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE
DOLL FLEA MARKET*

Lake City Community Center
Seattle WA
Saturday June 1, 2002
11am - 4pm

*Look for the Museum sales table


MAY 4, 2002
Public Opening of
"The Heart of the Tree"
Wooden Dolls
Exhibit will run through November 10, 2002

MAY 11 & 12, 2002
Early Woodens Slides & Lecture
by Christiane Grafnitz

MAY 16-18, 2002
Doll Appraisal Clinic
at Rosie’s Too

September 7-15, 2002
Museum’s 10th Anniversary
Store Sale & other Fun Activities

SEPTEMBER 21, 2002
"At Madeleine’s Request-
A Fashion Gala Through Time"
TeenHope Benefit

SEPTEMBER 22, 2002
"High Tea with Madeleine-
A Very Grown Up Affair for Big & Little People"
TeenHope Benefit


VINTAGE FASHION SHOW

 


WOODENS LECTURE & SLIDESHOW

 


Other Museum Tidbits!

UFDC Gets A Permanent Home!

Becky Moncrief, President of UFDC, and her Executive Committee, announced the official opening and dedications of UFDC’s new headquarters in Kansas City, MO on April 12th. The new "home" of UFDC is located just five minutes from Kansas City International Airport. This new building will serve as the offices and museum to the organization.

The United Federation of Doll Clubs, Inc. is a large Missouri-based non-profit organization for doll enthusiasts, collectors, and dollmakers. The group was established in 1949 and has grown to a membership of nearly 16,000 doll, bear, and toy collectors internationally. If you would like to know more about UFDC and their wonderful annual convention (which is on the west coast this year in Colorado!) visit their web site at www.ufdc.org! Congratulations on your new home!

NADDA in Seattle

The National Antique Doll Dealers Association is coming to Seattle for the third time. If you love old dolls, this is where you want to be. This is a vetted show, (That means all dealers adhere to a strict code of ethics regarding the labeling of the dolls that are for sale as to condition and age to the best of the dealers’ knowledge. A committee oversees the enforcement of this code at each show so that buyers are protected and assured their purchases are backed by each dealer as to authenticity). It is also an excellent place to study the finest dolls and learn more about our wonderful passion – doll collecting.

Richard Wright, well-known dealer and Antiques Roadshow specialist, will present the program on Saturday morning "How to Evaluate an Antique Doll". Richard will share with you all the qualities that contribute value or desirability to a doll and point out what might cause a doll to be less desirable. You can sign up by calling the Museum or dropping by. A small fee will reserve your seat and a gift certificate to spend at the show will be drawn at the program. But hurry, seating is limited. See show dates in our calendar of events. We hope to see you all there!

Email Virus!

Please let us know if you have not heard from us via email! The Museum was "attacked" by a virus on March 15th and we were unable to receive or respond to email for two weeks. Additionally, we also lost all the old emails we had been storing or were in the process of answering. So, if we have not responded to you, or you were on the email list for information about our exclusive Tyler Wentworth by Robert Tonner, please forward us the email and we will get back to you ASAP. Thank you for your understanding.

Flea Market Flea Market Flea Market 

Those words get our hearts apounding, don’t they? There is just nothing like an old-fashioned Flea Market, and the Seattle Doll & Toy Collectors are determined to carry on the tradition in every sense of the word.

If you want to buy or sell, the place to be on June 1st is the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125. And Door Prizes, Door Prizes – o.k. this is just too much of a good thing! See you there!

 

The doll world mourns the loss of doll enthusiast Maurine Popp. A member of UFDC, NADDA, DCA, and known for her vast knowledge of early dolls, Maurine had a deep desire and willingness to share that know ledge with others. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. She will be dearly missed.

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