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.
Golliwog ~ friend of the teddy and Dutch dolls. What can be said about this stunning version by this talented artist. This Golly measures 21" tall with his hat or 18" without it. He is exceptionally made with no detail overlooked. He is cloth made of felt and velvet. fabrics. Facial detailing is wonderful along with his fleecy hair. He is fully jointed including his head and firmly stuffed. He can be posed. His body and costume are one and the same. He wears a long tailed coat and top hat. His costume suggests a patriotic flair with gold sequin stars and trims. This Golliwog is an earlier piece signed and dated 1996. He is in excellent condition. There is, however, a gold bead missing from the back of his coat and light crushing to his hat. Like most of her pieces he is either one of a kind or made in a very, very limited quantity. From the artist's personal collection. From a non-smoking environment. He has no smells or odors. He would make a handsome addition to any collection.