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Teddy And Me

Teddy And Me by R. John Wright

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Teddy And Me
by R. John Wright

A special ticketed R. John Wright dinner event at the annual 2017 UFDC Convention in Orlando, Florida provided the setting for the introduction of a classic doll and bear set titled 'Teddy & Me.'

Little Girl and Steiff bear vintage photoThis nostalgic set was based on a vintage photograph of a Victorian girl and her classic Teddy bear. The photo, circa 1910, was featured on the cover of a 1996 Christies auction catalogue which included the actual bear in the photograph. The bear, named 'Albert' sold for £18,400... that's almost $24,000 in US dollars. Over 20 years later this charming photograph became the inspiration for R. John Wright's darling doll and bear set: Teddy & Me.

Teddy measures 8 inches tall and is made of the finest Schulte mohair in a soft light brown shade. Five-way jointed, Teddy has glass eyes, hand-embroidered features, paw pads made of all-wool felt and a pure silk bow around his neck. His winsome companion, Me, is a 12 inch all-felt doll. She has jointing at her hips, shoulders and neck for expressive posing. A sculptural torso and limbs along with individually sewn fingers add to her realism. Me has a hand-knotted wig made of the finest mohair with silk bows and a lovely molded felt face with hand-painted features. She is costumed in an authentically detailed Victorian Summer dress made of embroidered Swiss lace with tiny pintucks and mother-of-pearl buttons. Around her wrist is a dainty pearl bracelet and on her feet, hand-cobbled leather Mary Jane shoes. Not a single detail has been overlooked!

Produced at the R. John Wright Dolls studio workshop in Bennington, Vermont, in a limited edition of 100 pieces worldwide. Teddy and Me comes beautifully boxed with a numbered tag and corresponding certificate of authenticity.

Please Note: Doll is also available for separate purchase. Teddy is sold only as a set with the doll.

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Teddy And Me
by R. John Wright

Size Height : 12, 8 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size : 100
Materials All-Wool Felt
Mohair
Hair Mohair Wig
Features Glass Eyes
Airbrushed Accents
Hand-Stitched Nose
Jointing Number of Joints : 5
Authenticity 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 begins with fine design. John and Susan often take their inspiration from famous illustrations found in the classic children's books which they love. What is most impressive is that each piece created from these illustrations remains true to the original artwork: two dimensional illustrations brought to life in three dimensions exactly as we expect them to be. They become the definitive interpretation of our favorite childhood characters. The Wright's 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 rich character and personality in them without resorting to caricaturish extremism.

Inspired By The Classics

Established in 1976, R. John Wright 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, Palmer Cox's Brownies, 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... and the list continues to grow today with their new Peter Pan series!

Fine Craftsmanship

R. John Wright The Little Prince dollsIn our opinion, the making of an heirloom piece requires a marriage of fine design and quality craftsmanship. Poor manufacturing can shatter an artist's fine design. The RJW Workshop employs a unique process to address this. After designing an edition, John and Susan oversee every step of production at their workshop in Vermont ensuring each piece lives up to their artistic vision. Under their watchful eyes, a highly skilled team of trained artisans puts each limited edition into production, detailing and finishing these treasures by hand. Due to the complexity of their original designs, John and Susan must often develop innovative techniques to insure that the edition remains consistent and uniform throughout production: the first piece in the edition must be as wonderful and charming as the final one. Technically speaking, as amazing and delightful as the early R. John Wright creations were, the newer pieces are far more complex. Today’s RJW designs are now brought to life in a way that they never could have been done 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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