Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Grande Dame

http://www.ebay.fr/itm/GRANDE-et-BELLE-POUPEE-de-SALON-epoque-1920-1940-Porcelaine-et-tissu-soie-/262501809751?hash=item3d1e53be57:g:2i8AAOSwZ1BXcpBK
Nice French Boudoir Doll! 
Click on the photo to access the eBay France web site.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Boudoir Doll Smoker

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SMOKING-BOUDOIR-COMPOSITION-CLOTH-DOLL-OLD-/182185541158?hash=item2a6b1abe26:g:u~0AAOSwepJXcHdb
Boudoir Doll Smoker

The Clothes Make the Girl!

 Sue made this jumper, using a vintage pattern. You can find this pattern and others on-line. There's a seller that has patterns you can download. There is also a seller that has hard copies for sale. Check out Etsy and eBay.


 I bought this composition/cloth Anita-type - has anyone discovered which of these type dolls are actually Anita Novelty Company and which are other manufacturers? After all these years, I still don't know. I believe the ones with the double eyeliner are Gerling. Not sure if that's still the belief or not.

 I added a double row of rhinestone trim and fluffed up her hair in front. The rest of her wig is too glued down to fluff. I added boudoir doll shoes I had stashed away. 

 I felt she still needed more flapperizing, so I added a vintage faux pearl necklace and another glass necklace, as well as a coat I had that was made a few years ago. She's quite the flapper  now! And, as I always like, these things I've added can be removed and do not alter the doll in any way.


Topic #1 - Curating/Downsizing a Collection - Collecting


When you first collect, the process seems to include a lot of collecting! But, I think that's the only way to know which part of a particular collection you like best. There are all sorts of boudoir dolls; composition, cloth, felt, chamois, silk-covered, different styles, and several manufacturers and countries that produced these dolls. 

The whole reason for collecting is it's fun. So, enjoy your collection!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Lovely Jean Harlow

http://www.ebay.com/itm/JEAN-HARLOW-Mink-Wrap-1930s-MGM-Studio-Glamour-Portrait-Photo-Blonde-Bombshell-/391491478500?hash=item5b26b5e3e4:g:4-AAAOSwc1FXbH4L
I think this is one of the nicer photos of Jean Harlow.

Gloria Swanson, Film "Male and Female" 1919

http://www.ebay.com/itm/8x10-photo-Gloria-Swanson-5-celebrity-silent-films-movie-star-1919-/152111713438?hash=item236a908c9e:g:-ucAAOSwU9xUPvBh
Gloria Swanson, Film "Male and Female" 1919

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Topic #1 - Curating/Downsizing a Collection - During the Process

I forgot to mention something that might help the downsizing process. Set  the number of dolls you wish to keep. It doesn't have to be much, say 10% if your collection is large. Let's use 25% for the example. So, if you have 100 dolls, your goal would be to sell 25 dolls. Seems daunting, but, take your time. Choose 5 dolls. Then, another 5 until you're near the 25 dolls sold. Once you reach your goal, it's time to see how you feel about your collection. You might be satisfied with 75 or wish to do more. If you wish to sell more, set the next goal. 

During the process, rearrange your dolls. You should find, as you have more space, you can see a little clearer what your favorites are and how you want to display them. Like I stated, in the previous blog post, my decision-making tool changed as I progressed through my collection. Ultimately, I came to the conclusion, I prefer Lenci Fadettes, and smokers, in general.