Image Courtesy of Theriaults.com
If you follow my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me Blog you know that I just LOVE the Victorian Era, love history, love to do research, and love fashion doll collections. Several years ago I ran across the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and fell in love with their collections, the ability to see everything they have in their collections, and the ability to set-up my own "My Met" space to bookmark items at the MET that I love. So, I spent an afternoon "Moseying At The MET!" and wrote about it HERE.
Well, while researching the "Penny Wooden and Peg Wooden Dolls" I came across a series of beautiful Grodnertal Wooden Costume Dolls depicting the 11th - 16th century and just had to show them to you. All of the dolls are from the Theriault's website.
I think they're all absolutely beautiful and love all their costumes. As you would except they are all very pricey - especially the doll depicting the 16th century costume.
According to her description: 14" Comments: Grodnertal, circa 1840. Value Points: the doll wears original costume of green homespun with applied gilt paper accents, metallic belt, wrapped shoes, and a long hooded cape over matching turban edged by braided black beads, with old ink-written attached paper "costume of the 11th century". Realized Price: $2,800
I just love her lined and hooded cape and embroidered dress. Don't you?
According to her description: 14" Comments: Grodnertal, circa 1840. Value Points: wearing elaborate silk brocade gown with gilt braid trim, banded shawl that is framed by a voluminous hooded cap that is white fur lined and clasped to the gown with fan-shaped gilt buttons, with original ink-script paper scrap "costume of the 12th century". Realized Price: $3,400.
I just love her elaborate gown and fur lined cap. Just beautiful.
According to her description: 14" Comments: Grodnertal, circa 1840. Value Points: flawless original finish with dainty face, wearing original brown velvet dress with silk twill skirt, and elaborate turban hat with oversized bow. An aged paper scrap attached to skirt reads "costume of the 13th century". Realized Price: $4,750.
There's just something so sweet about this doll and her outfit. Wouldn't you agree?
According to her description: 14" Comments: Grodnertal, circa 1840. Value Points: wearing original patterned silk gown with magenta silk bodice and sleeves and with attached patterned silk cape, with fitted cap and carrying a small purse with blue velvet backing and embroidered silk purse, painted red shoes, and attached ink-script paper reading "costume of the 14th century". Realized Price: $3,200.
I'm totally enchanted with her little embroidered purse. How about you?
According to her description: 14" Comments: Grodnertal, circa 1840. Value Points: the beautifully-preserved doll wears original elaborately-woven silk gown with brown velvet and silver fringe trim, blue cap with extended veil, painted shoes, and has an attached ink-script paper "costume of the 15th century". Realized Price: $3,800.
I absolutely love this doll and her 16th century costume. She's just beautiful.
According to her description: 14" Comments: Grodnertal, circa 1840. Value Points: fine original condition with unusual shapeliness, and wearing original silk brocade blouse, red silk skirt with metallic fringe, velvet fitted shoes, and a long muslin transfer-printed robe with green silk bows; a scrap of attached ink-script paper reads "costume of the 16th century". Realized Price: $7,500.
How beautiful are all these dolls? It's hard to decide which one I love the best. If I had to choose I'd go with the 15th century costume doll. How about you?