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Annette Himstedt Artist's Proof Catalog

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Annette Himstedt Artist's Proof Catalog
by Annette Himstedt

Would you like to have a copy... or even an extra copy of our Annette Himstedt Artist's Proofs Catalog? This presentation of over 100 pages features Annette's Artist's Proofs from her past 24 years. Without a doubt, this is the most important doll collections The Toy Shoppe has offered since we opened in 1975. The scope of the collection, the impact that these dolls had upon the world and the fact that Annette was so personally involved in the creation of each one make these Artist's Proofs both distinctive and significant. Devoted collectors of Annette's dolls will cherish this exclusive, full-color catalog for years to come.

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Annette Himstedt Artist's Proof Catalog
by Annette Himstedt

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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