KAREN MEER was a well known artist under the name THE MAD HATTED BEAR. She created numerous teddy bears, bunny and cat designs, candy containers, muffs, holiday items and more. Her creations, with their whimsical personalities, earned her the name "Madame Whimsey". Often vintage clothing and accessories were included in her traditional teddy bears and other designs. "The Toy Shoppe" and "Florence&George" (Theriault's) were just two that sold her work. Often she made very limited or one-of-a-kind pieces. Prior to The Mad Hatted Bear, Karen was a doll maker for 15 years, but she found her true passion under The Mad Hatted Bear.
This whimsical Christmas piece is just delightful!! It features a small teddy bear doll riding in a snow encrusted pine cone cart complete with vintage silk flag, old celluloid donkey and a goose feather sprig. No detail was overlooked. Teddy doll has an antique bisque, German doll head and a mohair teddy body. Her body and head piece is made of a high quality German red mohair with heavy wool felt feet and paw pads. Arms and legs are jointed. There is a tiny bell at the end of her hat. The body is nicely weighted with pellets. She measures 6" long. The pine cone cart measures 7 1/2" long and is fashioned from a candy container. It has working metal wheels. This piece is one where she combined old and new materials. The doll is tagged (leather), signed and dated 2008. This is amazing holiday piece in excellent condition. However, the berry at the end of the sprig is missing most of the red finish. (The line appearing on the donkey's neck is a fold and not a crack). The doll head is one from the German digs and has slight marks/imperfections that these pieces have. She is a one-of-kind or very, very limited made piece. From the artist's personal collection. From a non-smoking environment. * Karen Meer passed away on December 15, 2014 and she, along with her creations, will be greatly missed.