Sometimes referred to by collectors as “Dutch” or “peg-wooden” dolls. These pretty little people were at the height of their popularity in the Edwardian period. A staple of every nursery, their image immortalised on everything from ceramics to sheet music, were much loved companions to children from all walks of life. Originating from the Grodnertal pine forests between Italy and Germany, what began life as an alternative income for farming families saw demand for this particular toy grow quickly. Still created in the same region today, but sadly not suitable for younger children, the wooden dolls are traditionally made completely by hand with exquisite detail. Delicately constructed, the torso is turned on a lathe, then the hand carved limbs “pegged” to the body to allow articulation at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, so as to be posed if desired. A thin layer of chalky gesso undercoat is applied to the head, hands and feet before final skilful detail painting gives life and individual personality to the doll, making each a unique folk art masterpiece. Each piece is signed by the artist Judith Sotriffer and you can read about the story about their journey from Val Gardena to London here.
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