"Woman in the Window" 1944 - starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, and Raymond Massey. This is a wonderful film. I definitely do not want to give any of it away, but rent this movie for sure!
I definitely smiled when this tagged Munecas Pages Madrid doll arrived today! What a great face! Her felt outfit is faded, however, inside her hat is brick red. Because her shoes look to be about the same color, I'm wondering if her hat should be folded to expose the inside color. What do you think?
After owning several dolls made by this Spanish company, I am convinced that these dolls rival Lenci. They are detailed, well made and have real-looking faces. Love it!
This faded photo is of a dancer (according to the information I have). I do not have her name though. Pictured with her are left to right, a composition/cloth "Anita" type boudoir doll, a cloth doll (I can't make out the face), and an all cloth boudoir doll.
Composition head, cloth body "Anita"-type
All Cloth American Stuffed Novelty or Unique Novelty Doll
This French smoker boudoir doll is believed to be Nazimova. She appears in the Stephanie Farago book, "The Magic & Romance of Art Dolls." She is all cloth except for her hands. The book states her hands are celluloid, but they look to be composition. In the book, too, she is missing her cigarette [must have been a non-smoking building ;)]. So, I replaced her lost cigarette.
I have not seen a Lenci catalog to know if this doll was called Mimi or Coco Chanel or if she was cataloged as something else, but I have seen this doll referred to as both names. Her outfit was reproduced. Love the color!
Never did I ever imagine that I would be able to own these dolls! I wonder how many of these dolls still exist?
These boudoir dolls were created by the sculptor, Helene Sardeau, in 1923, for the Valentinos. Rudolph Valentino and his wife, Natacha Rambova, toured the United States, dancing the Tango, for the cosmetic company, Mineralava. Mineralava held a beauty contest, and these dolls were given to the winners. I do not know if the winners were given both the dolls and a silver cup trophy or if they changed from the dolls to the trophy, however, these dolls were made in limited quantity. I believe only 80 pairs were made.
The Rudolph Valentino doll is missing his hat. His waist scarf is tagged "Sardeau's Dolls, Reg US Pat. Office." The Natacha Rambova doll is missing her shawl. The heads are heavier than I expected. From the old newspaper photo, I had thought their hands were also made of plaster, but they're cloth.