A Sweet Folk Art Cloth Doll



This antique folk art doll is interesting for a variety of reasons. Someone who knew about painting did a nice job oil painting the head and face. It's almost as if they were painting a portrait doll. And look at the sweet simply painted ears!



Great detail was used in the costuming of the doll as well. I wouldn't necessarily choose a red plaid to make a dress but isn't the red and brown stunning on her?



The clothing is definitely made for this doll.



Note the details in the clothing:

fringe on the cape's edge
a ticking tie at the neck
lace on the dress's neck and sleeve
the contrast of the plaid and paisley



sweet leather boots,
no-nonsense pantaloons,
red stockings.



She must be a lady of leisure...



because these are tiny hands!





These are the details I love about folk dolls.

Back to her sweet, resolute face.





I took pictures of this doll at Lucy's Doll House.




Isn't she in good company?

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7 comments:

  1. I love her eyes. She's a beautiful doll and must have been well-loved. Also interesting, the darts in her neck.

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  2. Love everything about this doll. I too noticed the darts on the neck. Her shawl might be part of an antique wool paisley shawl. Her dress looks like it possible could be wool also?

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  3. Oh, how sweet she is! I love plaids, and her dress & cape go so nicely together. Love the shoes too. That face really draws you in.

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  4. Her hair is gorgeous. I always wonder who made these one of a kind folk dolls. She is so well done. It seems like the maker might have had experience - - I wonder if he/she sold dolls or just made them as gifts. The shoes look like toddler boots. So sweet.

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  5. I love her. Do you know what year she was made?

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  6. My guess on her age is late 1800's, Mary. The hairstyle reminds me of some china and bisque dolls I've seen that have curly waterfall hairstyles. Love them.

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