JOYCE STAFFORD…is one of the artists featured in the Historical Artists Gallery of the National Institute of American Doll Artists.
NIADA is an important organization that sets high standards; as well as promotes and archives American doll artists. It is an honor to be recognized by this august group.
ARTIST DOLLS are an important element for the doll community because a good doll need not always be antique to be valuable. Those who are not drawn to antique dolls can still partake of the joys and benefits of doll collecting by pursuing artist made dolls who work in a popular vernacular. On the other hand, Artist Dolls are also a wonderful gateway that lead doll lovers to antique dolls.
THIS BISQUE HEAD PORTRAIT OF AN ASIAN CHILD is known as ‘Poppy’. She is in excellent condition, clean with no damage....appealingly made in high quality and great detail. Poppy seems to be a variation of ‘Jenny’ - a blond occidental child of the same height also created by Joyce Stafford. Her swivel head is brilliantly conceived and executed. The eyes, in particular, are so well made that they seem like glass…especially the closer you get ! Poppy has an adorable pout which is a spirited blend of a Heubach character and the down turned lips of the iconic pout of Shirley Temple in her movie rolls.
THIS DOLL BOASTS TWO LABELS...One on the fabric stuffed torso with complete bisque arms and bisque lower legs. She has wonderfully articulated bare feet with molded toes, outlined nails and blush. The same is true of her fingers and hands…which are each positioned differently. The second label is sewn into her pinafore.
One has to admire Miss Stafford’s nod to Eastern couture as evidenced by the obi like bow of her pinafore which ties high on the back.
BEYOND THOSE WHO LOVE ASIAN DOLLS…her bright Autumn colors and jet black hair make Poppy a natural acquisition for any one interested in the Fall collectibles of Halloween and Thanksgiving.
MARKS: two cloth labels which read...Joyce Stafford // NIADA are stitched to the torso and pinafore.
CONDITIONS: Clean with no damage. Shoes & socks available upon request though we are charmed by her bare feet. The hat, animals and stand are not included.
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