|OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE ROSALIE WHYEL MUSEUM OF DOLL ART|
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|Vol. XIV , No 3||Summer 2005|
Inside this edition of Small Wonders...
Summer Program : China Head Dolls
Researching the Museum’s collection
of china head dolls, in preparation for our current exhibit, True Survivors:
Early Dolls Made of China, was really a pleasure, and quite enlightening. This
was thanks to the wonderful recent studies of china head dolls, by Mary Krombholz,
Christiane Gräfnitz, Mona Borger, and others. Mary’s latest book,
Identifying German Chinas – 1840s-1930s, is a must-have for anyone interested
in studying these beautiful dolls.
Thus we are so pleased to announce that Mary has agreed to present a program for us at the Museum, on August 27th. (More information about this program can be found on page four.) Mary has advised us that she will be bringing her porcelain shards, collected during her many trips to German porcelain factory sites. These shards have been key identification tools for her, along with pictures from original sample books, other original documentation and porcelain preserved in German museums.
Mary invites you to bring your own china head dolls that you would like to have identified. If you do bring a doll, please be sure to wrap the head, and china hands and feet in bubble wrap, a diaper or other padded material to ensure a safe transit to and from the Museum.
Mary’s books will also be available for purchase, and for signing by the author. We hope to see you, and your dolls, on August 27th (if not sooner). Have a wonderful summer.
from the director...
Though now it seems like just a
dream, as promised, here is a brief diary of our amazing EUROPEAN ANTIQUE DOLL
AND TOY TOUR which began on April 14. With Ellie Kringer as our travel guide
and 29 of us on board it was a large group to keep track of. But what a great
group they were – from 7 states and Australia, each brought something
special and delightful to the tour. There is no way I could relate on paper
the sheer fun we had, nor the beauty we encountered along the way. Dear friendships
made, amazing dolls and toys we felt so privileged to see, and for me the sweetness
of sharing it with my family and especially little Alec, the traveling man.
April in Paris is still everything the song says and more. Samy and Guido Odin greeted us at the door of their Musee de la Poupee to set the stage for a fun-filled day of Bleuette and Beccasine and much more. A sewing class with Mathilde saw courtourier results among our group. A dealers’ day arranged by Francois Theimer and a fascinating presentation by him had us all enthralled. The Musee de Jouet in Poissy on the outskirts of Paris was a jewel of a museum, with running trains set in towns and countrysides. Mary Krombholz kept us current with the true identities of the beautiful German chinas and we drooled respectfully over the rare French fashions of bisque and china.
The Flea Market, the Louvre, Monet’s Gardens, shopping and a city tour were topped off by our farewell dinner at my favorite place, Au Train Bleu, and a presentation by Barbara Spadacini Day, past curator of the Museum of Decorative Arts of the Louvre. We hated leaving our wonderful hotel, but Lyon awaited us.
I will never wear silk again without thinking of the Maison des Canuts –the silk making museum and house of silk in Lyon. I could spend the entire newsletter talking about this alone. Just go there. If you love textiles, go there. Then, of course, that was followed by the Musee du Chapeau (Museum of Hats) in Chazelles-Sur-Lyon. Where they’re still making felt hats as they were made hundreds of years ago on the same equipment – start with rabbit hair, a metal form four feet tall, work it by hand for a week and you will have a cloche to fit a young woman. Then, add a museum of hats thru the ages and a shop to buy hats for you and your dolls, oh yes.
In between it all we squeezed the Chateau de la Poupee in Marcy L’Etoille. This fine museum closed earlier this year, but fortunately for the doll world it has re-opened. So many exceptional examples of French and German dolls have their homes here and in such charming settings, it would be a shame if this museum were to close to the public. Several of us converged on a rare china lady none of us had seen before and pondered her possible maker.
During bus rides between museums and sights we were entertained and educated by members of our talented group. While in France Janne Wilson of Australia spoke on French dolls from her collection and Harriet Wolford recited original poetry right after our own doll-collecting hearts as we celebrated three birthdays along the way!
Too soon it’s time to savor our last French meal before the ride to Beaune tomorrow, April 22. A visit to the Hospital Dieu with a chance to explore this quaint little town and have lunch in the sun on the sidewalk are welcome experiences. The Hospital was unique in its conservation, history, age, and rarity, but its beauty I did not expect. Rich woodwork, silver utensils, stained glass windows, red velvet bed drapes are not what I envisioned when Ellie said “hospital”, especially an ancient one. It is engrained in my memory as few things are now days.
And so we leave France and I run out of room for this newsletter, but our tour is not even halfway through. As we head into Switzerland, I ask you to join us in next Falls’ Diary. And thank you to all who have emailed about Ellie’s and my next possible European Tour. We are discussing it for the future, maybe in two years. Meanwhile Bon Voyage wherever the dolls take YOU.
-Rosalie A Whyel
Welcome To Our New & Returning Members:
The Sanderson Family
We would like to
thank the following people for their generous
donations during the last quarter:
Cain & Carla Thomas
Fossum, in memory of Jean Anne
Robert & Betty
& Country Doll and Bear Club
From the Museum Store...
|Exclusive U.S. Supplier! Wonderful, historical information, each with English translation booklet! (Except Christmas Catalog.)||“Encyclopedia Polichinelle”
7 volumes with French dollmakers biographies & documents from French archives $150
Book & Booklet with cut-outs from “La Poupee Modele”. $65
|The “Ultimate book on Bleuette” Historical overview & complete listing of dolls. $65||“French Christmas Catalogues” Vol 2 Featuring dolls & toys of department stores from 1877 -1893. $49|
Call or stop by for more details or call the
(425) 455-1116 or toll free at 1-800-440-DOLL.
THE ANTIQUE DOLL & TOY MARKET*
Bellevue Inn Red Lion
Sunday August 28, 2005
11am - 4pm
CLASSIC DOLL, BEAR & TOY SHOW & SALE
Lake City Elks
Saturday September 24, 2005
10am - 3pm
MUSEUM ANNIVERSARY SALE*
Museum of Doll Art &
September 17 - 25, 2005
During Regular Hours
(Natl’ Antique Doll Dealers Assoc.)
SeaTac Embassy Suites
Saturday April 29, 2006
10am - 5pm
Sunday April 30, 2006
11am - 4pm
*Look for the Museum sales table
21 - OCTOBER 30 2005
JULY 30 2005
Doll Appraisal Clinic
at Rosie’s Too
During Regular Hours
SEPTEMBER 17 - 25 2005
Museum Anniversary Sale
Museum of Doll Art & Rosie’s Too
(see Museum Tidbits)
AUGUST 18 - 20 2005
Rosie’s Too Sidewalk Sale
(see Museum Tidbits)
NOVEMBER 5 2005 - JANUARY 15 2006
“A Tasha Tudor Christmas”
Changing Gallery Exhibit
Other Museum Tidbits!
Us! We’re 13! Lucky You! You’re Invited to Our Party!!
lucky with you like a four leaf clover or a horse shoe or a lucky
star & get in free on Saturday, September 17th! And, as luck would
have it, we have your favorite birthday cake, too! So, come &
help us celebrate becoming a teen!
Limited. Reserved seats required.
Identifying German Chinas Lecture
Please join us in welcoming doll researcher
and author Mary Krombholz. Explore chinas made from the 1840s through
1930s in Thuringia, Germany by well-known, but seldom identified,
companies like Alt, Beck & Gottschalck, Conta & Boehme, Hertwig,
Kestner, A.W. Fr. Kister, Kloster Veisdorf and C.F. Kling. Mary has
been researching dolls since 1974 and has authored 3 books on German
dolls. Enjoy an up-close look at the distinguishing painting of these
beautiful dolls and original shards uncovered by Mary herself.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Focus in the Gallery
We thought you might like to know one of our own has made it big. Yes, our little Kammer and Reinhardt 131 toddler from our permanent exhibit is off in Rhode Island making her debut on the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW! She will be on a spot on Antiques Roadshow FYI called “Missing Masterpieces” with Richard Wright. So be watching for her some time this Fall on PBS Television. She is redressed in antique clothing, finally, ( that only took 13 years) thanks to Richard, so you might not recognize her from the red and white gingham outfit she has been wearing in our gallery. I’ll let Richard fill you in on her history. Stay tuned!
Many of you have probably never
even met Rae Ann Ferree even though she is one of our most loyal and
devoted docents. Like so many of our volunteers, Rae Ann shows up
at Rosie’s Too nearly every week, when she isn’t traveling,
goes quietly to work with what Nancy and Eleonora have prepared for
her, and quietly leaves. What you do see is the difference that volunteers
like Rae Ann make to the museum. We just couldn’t do it without
them. As an example, since 1997 when Rae Ann first began volunteering
with the museum until our docent appreciation event of last fall she
has served over 800 hours. And the time is not the only important
aspect of her dedication. Knowing that we can always count on her
to be there when help is needed is equally important to our organization.
In Memory of Joyce Coughlin
One never would have known how ill Joyce
was. She loved every minute of April in Paris. She brought her Bleuette
to celebrate her 100th birthday there and enjoyed Samy Odin’s
seminar and the hundreds of dolls and costumes on exhibit even though
she knew them all by heart. And she took Mathilde’s sewing class
though she didn’t need sewing lessons, far from it. She walked
through museums with us every day and shopped but didn’t feel
the need to buy and laughed at the thought of it, and every night
we sat and joked and had one cocktail and told great doll stories.
Her daughter, Candace, walked arm in arm with her and Joyce looked
so young and vibrant it was hard to tell mother from daughter. We
always got our good-night kisses all around and hated to rub off the
bright red lipstick she always left.
|Region 1 Annual Picnic
“Our Roaring 20s”
Thursday, August 18th 10am
Battle Ground WA
Come celebrate the 20th annual picnic of UFDC Region 1
360-687-4321 for more information
IN OUR LASTING MEMORIES