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Afrika Girl Artist's Proof 1 of 1

  • by Annette Himstedt
  • sku#  48262
  • 22”
  • One-Of-A-Kind
  •   Available exclusively at The Toy Shoppe!  
Afrika Girl Artist's Proof 1 of 1 by Annette Himstedt

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Afrika Girl Artist's Proof 1 of 1
by Annette Himstedt

Africa Girl and Africa Boy were my first whole body porcelain dolls. Their jewelry was hand-threaded by us for the entire edition - an unbelievable effort.

In order to get my artists' proofs finished for the Toy Fair in Nuremberg, I worked 4 days and nights on the trot. To get the coloring right was unbelievably difficult - with every trial the brown paint wouldn't come out the way I wanted it to. I mixed pigments and painted like a lunatic. - Annette Himstedt
Measuring 22 inches tall, this porcelain doll is a remarkable masterpiece. Annette's hard work and perseverance paid off as you can see. Afrika Girl's skin tone is beautiful and stunning. One-of-a-kind mouth-blown German glass eyes add the perfect touch of realism to this striking doll. Her accessories - a headband, loincloth, necklace and earrings - were all handmade by Annette from colored rocailles. As a final touch, Annette gave this stunning girl a porcelain base. Afrika Girl is a porcelain Artist's Proof from 1992.About Annette Himstedt's porcelain dolls - Porzellan KinderGerman artist Annette Himstedt created her first dolls with porcelain and it remained her material of choice throughout her career. She always told us that porcelain enabled her to achieve the nuances of realism that captured the character and personalities of her subjects. In effect, she was creating portraits in three dimensions. Additionally, Annette found a sense of permanence using porcelain - the color remains true over time and, with care, a porcelain doll will last for centuries.

In the skilled hands of a master artist such as Annette, porcelain can truly dance. Developing designs and techniques that surpassed her suppliers' capabilities, Annette built her own manufactory to ensure full creative control and allow her imagination to run free. With these resources at hand, she developed porcelain techniques that were unprecedented. Her skin tones were marvelously rich, the result of tenacious experimentation with time-consuming multiple firings. Annette's Porcelain Kinder are among the finest dolls you will ever see, amazingly complex and truly stunning.My porcelain dolls represent a very important part of my life. It was a wonderful time full of creativity and challenges. Now my porcelain dolls - including my porcelain Artist's Proofs - will become a piece of history for collectors.

When I last saw all my porcelain children and held them in my hands, it became very clear to me that they possess an unbelievable charm. I got very emotional in the process. It is my wish that you, dear collector, have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy these special dolls. - Annette Himstedt

Afrika Girl Artist's Proof 1 of 1
by Annette Himstedt

Size Height : 22 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size : 1
Toy Shoppe Exclusive
Materials Porcelain
Features German Glass Eyes
Hand-Painted
Authenticity Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Age Appropriate Collectible, Not Intended For Children
Country of Origin Germany

The Toy Shoppe is honored to present Annette Himstedt's Artist's Proofs and dolls from her Personal Collection.

Danny and Barrie Shapiro with Annette Himstedt at Toy FairUpon sharing the news of her manufactory's closure, Annette collaborated closely with The Toy Shoppe to ensure the appropriate ending of this chapter in her career. It is an honor to be chosen by Annette to exclusively represent her own private collection of past dolls including her Artist's Proofs. This is the most important and exclusive collection of dolls we've offered in our 36 years.

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How Annette Himstedt Impacted The Doll World

Defining Movement In Realism

Doll making has changed radically in the past 200 years with the introduction of modern materials such as porcelain, vinyl, composition and resin. Doll design has also changed over this time but with only a handful of very influential movements such as the French Fashion Dolls in the 1800's typified by Bru and Jumeau. Another was the Munich Art Dolls of the early 1900's. Kathe Kruse dolls typified this movement which continues today: their wonderful dolls are a model of understated charm...classic simplicity with straight arms and a straightforward gaze.

Capturing The Motion And Life Of A Child

the original Barefoot Children by Annette HimstedtWith her Barefoot Children in 1986, Annette Himstedt established a bold new direction for doll making. Gone was any mannequin-like structure: her dolls were like children at play with bent arms and fingers sculpted in relaxed, natural positions. Annette captured movement in her sculpts with her innovative natural posing. The large scale of her dolls was unique and very engaging. And their shoes, usually an integral part of a doll, were completely gone! Several artists such as Hildegard Gunzel and Rotraut Schrott were also breaking from traditional doll making; yet with the phenomenal and immediate commercial success of the Barefoot Children at their debut, it was Annette who defined this movement and inspired many artists to follow.

A Renewed Interest

This dramatic change sparked a renewed interest in dolls and Annette has presented fresh and exciting creations for over two decades! When history reflects on this time, it will surely credit Annette for inspiring artists to new and remarkable levels of creativity in the Realistic Doll Movement of the twentieth century.

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