PRIMITIVE HANDMADE PAPER MACHE, CLOTH 17" LUCY SUNFLOWER DOLL w/WOOD CHEST, KANSAS
This is such a adorable doll .She has such originality, and personality. She is 17" tall and has a paper mache head , arms and lower legs. She is painted beautifully as the darling work of Folk Art that she is. Her face is so, so simple and so "sun-kissed" that she truly looks like a Kansas girl. Her body is made of cloth and is very nicely stuffed with joints at her hips and knees. Her knee joints are simply made by tying string where "real" joints would be. Her hair is a soft fuzzy light brown mohair and it suits her so well. Her clothing is simple yet wonderfully detailed with buttons down the front of her navy blue and cream color checked empire style over dress and cuffs at the wrists of the sleeves. Under the over dress is another skirt which is covered in bright yellow sunflowers with navy blue background. She has selected a big sunflower to attach to her bodice. Perhaps that is to make sure people know she is from Kansas, the Sunflower State. She is also wearing a straw hat which has some straw and sunflower seeds trimming the crown. She has the name "Maggie" and date 1993 handwritten on her muslin body. Under her dress is a fairly large tag that is tied on with string and is handwritten. It says, "Lucy loves the blue Kansas sky and fields filled with sunflowers. She over walks along the back roads and picks armloads of wonderful sunflowers to bring home to enjoy!" The wooden chest that she has with her is painted to match the blue Kansas skies and has 2 bright sunflowers painted on the top. The box is hinged so it opens and closes easily. There is thin brushed line of dark gray/black along the edges of the box making it look weathered. There is some mystery to this chest as I have no idea what Lucy might keep in it. I wonder why it is empty now. Will this be a chest for keepsakes from long ago or a hope chest for her future? One can only guess because there is no expression on her face that would give away that secret!