Top Five Favorite Antique Parian Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

A ‘parian’ doll is defined as a type of white porcelain doll that is not tinted or colored. Popular doll culture has named fine, untinted porcelain dolls Parians, after the fine marble found on the Greek isle of Paros.  They were primarily made in Germany around 1860-1880. We enjoy collecting many types of this matte-finished… Read more »

Top 5 Dolls Every Collector Should Own

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by Ruby Lane

1.    Shirley Temple:  Ideal’s 1930s composition Shirleys caused a furor.  Step aside, CPKs and Furby; the curly golden girl topped everyone.  There were all kinds of variations on the original doll, and paper dolls, clothing, figures, and glassware, too. A series of 1950s dolls were created, as well as a 1972 model of Shirley wearing… Read more »

Pretty Is and Pretty Does; All Dolls Have Beauty

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by Ruby Lane

“When you loved dolls and studied them, you started to love all kinds of people too, because you saw the virtue in their expressions, how carefully they had been sculpted, the parts contrived to create the triumph of this or that remarkable face.” Anne Rice, Taltos. Anne Rice with her collection of dolls, photo by… Read more »

Pinafored Poupees: Aprons on Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Vintage aprons for life-sized “dolls” have been popular collectibles for several years, but dolls, too, are big fans of apron-style.  Here are the top five “pinafored poupees:” 1. Raggedy Ann:  Ann’s combination apron-pinafore made of snowy white material is iconic.  Aprons like hers that covered a little girl’s dress were de rigueur fashion pieces when… Read more »

Five Past and Present Doll Artists to Know and Love

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by Ruby Lane

1.    Gregg Ortiz: This talented young artist has captured the best of doll making with the tradition of fine antique doll creation.  He applies eye lashes to his doll himself, and the costumes are often elaborate designs.  Ortiz dolls are one-of-a kind creations which spare no detail and are signed by the artist.  They are… Read more »