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One of A Kind Vlasta Pat Thompson 37" Wooden Madona Doll
Overall excellent condition. This carved wood cage doll is 37". Pat Thompson purchased it from Portugal, and used fabrics from her 50 year collection to adorn the doll. She was also hand painted in her studio. There are some small rips in the bottom of the dress. This was from her private collection. With the head dress, the doll stands bout 42" tall. I have purchased many of her dolls, including doll head and the fire damaged ones from the estate of one of her personal friends.
-July 26, 1995|By Diana Delogu, Special to the Tribune:
A bolt of lightning hit a historic building in Beecher Tuesday morning, and a quiet, little business known around the world went up in flames. Vlasta Dolls, the makers of collectible dolls, took up the first floor of the 125-year-old former general store at 546 Gould St. in downtown Beecher. After lightning hit it at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday, the wood frame structure immediately caught fire. By the time firefighters arrived, minutes after the alarm was phoned in, the two-story building was too far gone to save. Pat Thompson, her husband Bill and daughter Lynn have been producing hand-sculpted Victorian dolls in the first-floor manufacturing studio for 15 of the 25 years they've been in business. They own the building, which is insured but did not have a sprinkler system. "When they took the charred dolls out and laid them on the grass, it looked like little dead bodies," said Pat Thompson. According to Lynn Thompson, the company's 15 employees were gearing up for the upcoming Chicago Gift Show at McCormick Place. She said the company lost about $500,000 in inventory. Included in that was about 100 dolls and yards of rare and valuable fabric that had been collected from around the globe. Some of the fabric was burned, some soaked. And, she said, "some of the antique fabric was irreplaceable. For someone used to dealing with fantasy, Pat Thompson had to struggle with reality Wednesday, as she walked through the charred remains of her world-famous Vlasta doll studio. "My dead babies," Thompson said, tears rolling down her cheeks, as she viewed the dolls' blistered faces. "This is devastating."
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