Samili, a girl from Africa, is a beautiful 33.5 inch tall porcelain doll. Samili's skin tones are beautiful, something Annette took special care to achieve as ethnic dolls have always been her favorite to create. Samili's expression is so lifelike with hand-painted features and mouth-blown German glass eyes. A colorful scarf accents her loosely styled mohair wig. Samili's outfit is beautifully detailed and accented with African glass gems. Samili is a porcelain edition from 2003.
Please Note: Daphne Teddy by Heidi Steiner, seen in photo, is sold separately.
I already went through my old stock of materials in the previous year and unearthed the most wonderful laces and fabrics. But for 2003 I found an even more diverse collection of treasures. It is difficult to illustrate just how complicated it is to put together the clothes for such elaborate dolls using antique fabrics. First of all choosing the different fabrics and then doing the pattern cutting! This was about enough to drive me crazy. It was impossible for me to prepare any proper patterns, because really you have to go with the flow and let the old fabrics guide you. Don't be surprised to find that some of the fabrics are used inside out. Sometimes the 'ugly' side is just more beautiful. - Annette Himstedt
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