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Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple by R. John Wright

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Shirley Temple
by R. John Wright

Shirley Temple® joins the exciting cast of R. John Wright dolls based on the classic Stars of Old Hollywood!

The Most Famous Child Star Of All Time

Shirley Temple (1928-2014) began her film career at the age of three in 1932. Two years later, she achieved international acclaim in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically to showcase her talents. She received a special Academy Award in 1935 for her outstanding contribution to motion pictures during 1934. Film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s.

John and Susan Wright now bring to life in the medium of molded felt the most famous child star of all time. Faithfully based on vintage images of the beloved star at the height of her fame, Shirley Temple stands 15 inches tall and is fully jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips with the RJW wooden ball-and-socket jointing system. She has a realistic molded felt torso and limbs, and her hands feature individually-sewn fingers. Shirley Temple's molded felt portrait face has been finely modeled in her true likeness with delicate hand-painted features. Her wig is crafted from the finest imported mohair and styled into her trademark curls.

Shirley Temple Sailor Dress

Extensively researched for the utmost in authenticity, Shirley's meticulously-detailed costume includes period underwear made of natural cotton fabrics. Her iconic "Sailboat" dress is tailored of the finest cotton poplin with an appliqued sailboat motif embellished with hand-embroidery. On her feet are dainty white socks and hand-cobbled replica leather shoes with tiny buckle closures. In the interest of accuracy and realism, the entire costume is completely removable. No detail has been spared to bring this legendary film personality vividly to life.

Shirley Temple® will be produced in an extremely limited edition of just 150 numbered pieces worldwide. Each will come enclosed in a deluxe presentation box with the accompanying signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration. She will be available on April 23rd, Shirley's birthday! NOTE: The small Shirley Temple doll made by Ideal pictured is not included.

Shirley Temple® is a registered trademark of Shirley's World, L.P.

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Shirley Temple
by R. John Wright

Size Height : 15 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size : 150
Materials Felt
Features Hand-Painted Eyes
Hand-Painted
Jointing Number of Joints : 5
Ball-And-Socket Jointing
Special Jointing Designed by the Artist
Authenticity Officially Licensed
Copyright Verbiage : Shirley Temple® is a registered trademark of Shirley's World, L.P.
Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Age Appropriate Collectible, Not Intended For Children
Country of Origin United States

The Toy Shoppe Has Offered R. John Wright Creations For Over Three Decades

R. John Wright and Susan WrightThe Toy Shoppe has had the pleasure of offering the work of R. John Wright since 1979. When Danny Shapiro, the founder of The Toy Shoppe, first saw John and Susan's work he was impressed with the great charm and fine craftsmanship exhibited. Each piece created by R. John Wright continues to display the virtuosity of the artist when considering fine and original design, beautiful craftsmanship and the use of beautiful materials of exceptional quality. As work of this nature can only be produced in small quantities, each piece is all the more special.

Originality Of Design

Every great object created begins with design. R. John Wright's design often originates with source material from famous children's illustrations as John and Susan have a great love for well-known characters from classic children's books. What is most impressive in this endeavor is that each piece created from these illustrations remains true to the original artwork. Each is truly the definitive interpretation of these most famous childhood characters. Their designs are also inspired by nature. The realism with which they create their bears, mice and other animals is matched only by their ability to introduce such character and personality in them without resorting to caricaturish extremism.

Inspired By The Classics

Established in 1976, the company has produced work based on the most famous illustrations of all time, including Ernest Shepherd's Winnie-the-Pooh, Jessie Wilcox Smith's storybook characters, Johnny Gruelle's Raggedy Ann and Andy, Walt Disney's Classics, Saint Exupery's The Little Prince, Beatrix Potter's animal kingdom, Rose O'Neill's Kewpie, Michael Bond's Paddington and Sir John Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland.

Fine Craftsmanship

R. John Wright The Little Prince dollsThe making of an heirloom piece in our estimation is synonymous with fine craftsmanship. We have often seen an artist's fine design destroyed in manufacture. This is definitely NOT the case with R. John Wright. At the R. John Wright workshop and studio in Vermont, a highly skilled team of trained artisans puts each limited edition into production. Each piece that comes from the R. John Wright workshop is beautifully detailed and finished. Because of the complexity of these original designs, innovative techniques must be devised to insure that each piece in the edition remains consistent and uniform. Technically speaking, as charming as the early R. John Wright work was, the newer pieces are much more complex and innovative. Due to these technical innovations in manufacture, the designs are now brought to life in a way that they never could have been 20 years ago.

Each accessory that comes with an R. John Wright creation is also of original design. John and Susan are not content to merely use an existing object as an accessory. When the object cannot be created in their workshop due to the material or specialized skills desired, the company works with master craftsmen in their respective fields to custom make the final pieces.

We believe that these factors have been important in contributing to the already established higher value of earlier R. John Wright work.

Heirloom Quality Toys

At The Toy Shoppe, we believe that true collectibility is earned by the maker's dedication and commitment to design, craftsmanship and material usage. Rarity is naturally implied, as work of this nature cannot be mass-produced. The market has already well recognized the collectible nature of the work by R. John Wright. We believe this will easily continue to be the case.

Today, John and Susan continue to create and innovate with delightful felt dolls, bears, mice and many other characters at their workshop in Bennington, Vermont in the United States.

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