An Antique Columbian Doll in Pictures



A Columbian Doll for your enjoyment....
was auctioned at Withington's for  
$8360 with the buyer's premium.

 










Wonderful at Withington's:
A Stockinet Cloth Folk Doll



I drove down to Withington's Auctions in Hillsborough New Hampshire to take pictures of an Izannah doll there, but look who else greeted me when I arrived!  This girl will be auctioned off by Withington's.  Next to Izannahs, one of a kind folk dolls are my favorite type of doll.  


You might expect she's going to have 
a fancy face to match her bonnet....




But no, she has a pencil drawn salt-of-the-earth face.



Here are more details...



 



 
Don't forget to visit Withington's 
to see other wonderful dolls to be auctioned.
 
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Studying Antique Dolls:
Early American Life Magazine
Antique Doll Collector Magazine
and Auction Catalogs


Antique Doll Collector is a recommended resource for studying antique dolls.  The Doll Collectors of America's display of Izannah's was featured in their August 2011 issue. Each issue features an in depth article on a  type of antique doll.

Early American Life  features articles on antique dolls as well as life in Early America.   One such article was written by Gregory Lefever on Milliner's Models.

Auction catalogs are another resource for studying antique dolls.  In fact, purchased old catalogs sometimes have auction prices written in the margin, which gives a lot of information about how a particular doll type has been valued over the years. 


 
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The Hand of the Maker

 
A possible Presybterian doll?

How will you show your mind 
and hand in your work?

A discussion in the Maida Dolls Group prompted some thoughts about creations that show "the hand of the maker".  One of the reasons I love Izannahs so much is that you can see the "hand of the maker" involved.   This is true with many creations.  For instance, when I was in art school there were lots of discussions about seeing someone's "brushwork."    One of the things I love about cloth dolls is when you can see the process for creating the dolls.   I love when you can see the seams and the construction.  I also love when you can see unique things such as the curls of eyelashes, or the highlight in the eyes.  These "hand of the maker" hallmarks are decisions of the mind as much as executions of the hand.


Antique Izannah Walker doll hand
 This folky doll below shows the hand of a skilled painter. 
Look at the attention given to painting the hair.
Contrast that with the folky tiny hands.

picture by Dixie Redmond

I made the doll below a few years ago. She was partially inspired by papier mache dolls, Izannah Walker and by wooden dolls as well. In the making of her I had to decide whether to make a cloth doll, a sculpted doll, etc.   After making that decision I had to get my hands involved and used a pumpkin carving knife to texture the hair.  I decided to give her face a low-relief style of sculpting.  
Doll by Dixie Redmond

One of the members of the Maida Dolls group recently used the bottom end of a funnel to create some wonderful sculpted hair.   The marks of our tools on our work is as much the mark of our minds as our tools.   The only wonder product out there is our thinker.   The tools are just that, tools.  It's what we do with them that counts.



 How will you show your mind 
and hand in your work?



 
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