Henry the VIII and his Six Wives were handcrafted by doll artists Ilse & Richard Ottenberg in England circa the 1950's. Though not perfect, they certainly are an interesting set of historical Royal portrait artist dolls. Their heights vary from 9 to 11 1/2 inches tall. With the exception of one doll, the Wives are tagged on the bottoms of their left feet with their names. Their expressively hand painted heads and the upper portions of their bodies appear to have been modeled from a composition type of material over some sort of armature. Some of the dolls have similar composition hands, while others have felt hands with stitched fingers and extended thumbs. The left hand of the Wife in red velvet has severed from its armature. Their legs appear to have been made of solidly stuffed cloth over wire armature and then covered with flesh toned felt. Please be aware that the felt portions (more notably their legs) of their bodies suffer moth holes in varying degrees. Their composition faces and arms are crazed and crackled from age and storage with more notable damage to the Wives in green velvet and gold satin. Their clothing is ornately fashioned though dusty, faded, and torn is come cases. Especially torn are the outfits belonging to the Wives in blue (shattered dress & purple petticoat) and purple velvet (shredded satin petticoat). Henry remains in fairly sturdy condition. Though Henry VIII and his 7 Wives will require cleaning and restoration, they are and interesting study that may add further dimension to a Henry VIII or Royals collection.
Ilse & Richard Ottenberg Henry VIII & 6 Wives Dolls England 1950s