Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Introducing our latest and most elegant William and Mary period English wooden gentleman.
Standing 16 inches tall, he is a portrait of, and the most historically correct representation of the finest 17th century English wooden male.
We hope everyone enjoys the photos.
Here are the portraits of the Male and female William and Mary Pair together and their Swaddling Baby below them.
Posted by The Old Pretenders at 6:52 PM
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Esthetically, the 18th century English wooden doll is many things. They can be quite naïve or charming in their simplicity, haughty, sophisticated, sometimes even graceful or even soulful in their countenance, but its rare when they can be referred to as “Pretty”. We are very mindful of when fashioning a reproduction to maintain authenticity and always historically correctness, which can result in the dolls being simple, elaborate, elegant, haughty, graceful or soulful, so it’s always a pleasant surprise when a special doll comes together to embody all of these qualities and turns out exquisitely pretty as well. Such is the case with this newest little gem. Standing at about 30 cm. / 12” tall she has the presence of a much larger rare and early example.
It was immediate for us to see that the rare fabric we chose for her dress was such a perfect choice for her. Her dress fabric dates from the first third of the 18th century and is a very rare piece of court dress silk. We used some of our very rare 18th century fly braid for trim as it was the perfect match to the amazing colour of the flowers in the court dress silk.Her painting, patina and finish are amazing in person and impossible to tell the patina did not take almost 300 years to develop.
We hope everyone enjoys her photos.
David & Paul
Posted by The Old Pretenders at 4:59 PM
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Hi Everyone: We wanted to share the photos of our latest William and Mary period English wooden which is one of our finest and most exceptional in every way.She was made especially for a special friend of ours.
Her dress fabric is an extremely rare piece of dress silk dating from 1660.
The extremely find and extremely rare piece of golden wool used for her under dress is also 17th century and as fine as tissue paper but very strong for over 300 years old.
We rarely use metal trims from this piece is also very early and the perfect compliment for this doll we felt.
Her patina (not captured to its best in the scaled down photographs), is absolutely amazing in person and indistinguishable from a antique of her period that has aged for over 300 years.
She stands 15 inches tall.
We wanted to share what she wrote to us after receiving the doll today.
David & Paul
“Dear David & Paul: There are literally no words to express my heart felt thank you. I wish you could see all my tears of joy!When I saw the box I started shaking! When I carefully unwrapped her and looked at her old, lovely face, full of wisdom and graciousness, I was over come with joy and love.
She far exceeds my expectations in every way! I have imagined for a few years what it would be like to actually own one of your dolls.
Let me tell you there is no comparison in the imagination to what she feels like in hand!!
The patina, the fabric, and her personality are incredible.
So so very incredible!
This girl had extra love put into her by you both. I can feel it.
Sending the biggest hugs and gratitude imaginable to you both.”
Posted by The Old Pretenders at 11:06 PM