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. * Karen Meer passed away on December 15, 2014 and she, along with her creations, will be greatly missed.
Whimsical, artist replica teddy bear style winter muff called "MiMi". MiMi is sized just right for costuming for a doll or teddy bear 25" or larger. She would be equally appealing just hanging, sitting or displayed with holiday decor. She is made of a rich red, quality German mohair with a vintage celluloid doll head. The arms are jointed allowing for some posing. She has a sweet elfish hat topped off with a bell and matching ribbon ruffle around her neck. Her body is lined and there is a silken cord in back for hanging. She measures 9" from the tip or her hat to her toes. The actual body of the muff measures 4" x 3 7/8". The muff is tagged inside, signed and dated 2008. She also has her original hang tag. This amazing piece is in excellent condition. Like most of her pieces she was made in a very, very limited quantity. From the artist's personal collection. MiMi comes from a non-smoking environment. She has no smells or odors. Ready for immediate enjoyment.