The original item from Enchantments by Rhonda is now SOLD.
Martha Thompson was a very early member of NIADA (National Institute of American Doll Artists). Her work is fabulous. This is a nice early example of her fabulous work. Very Rare artist dolls of Princess Anne and Prince Charles. They are near 10" tall. This is typical expert work of hers during the 1950's. They have porcelain shoulder plates, heads, arms and legs with beautifully sculpted and shoes with socks, painted eyes and molded, painted hair, wonderfully dressed. The bodies are made of leather. These particular dolls are signed and stamped on the shoulder plates and were custom made (in 1955) for the original owners. I will include the owners biography. The blotch on the hem on her dress is sticker residue. I did not mess with it, but it should lift. The details are quite amazing and expertly done as expected. They are clean and pristine! I should have straightened her collar before her pics! non-smoke.... She made other famous children such as the Kennedy children.
Historical context note:
Martha Darwin Thompson began making dolls in 1942 and continued until her death in January 1964. She was a charter member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists, formed in 1962. Her first dolls were made of soap with cloth bodies, but she soon progressed to using porcelain and many of her dolls were made of flesh colored bisque. She made many portrait dolls but is equally well known for her Peddler Dolls and those representing the Little Women characters.
She designed dolls to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. However, Martha Thompson did various other portraits of Prince Charles and Princess Anne as children. It is documented that she consulted with the queen for accuracy.........and sold dolls all over the world.
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Extremely rare Martha Darwin Thompson portrait dolls Princess Anne & Prince Charles 1955
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