Sunday, 16 June 2019

The Grodnertal Doll Sisters

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all well and that you are enjoying your weekend! Before I start, I want to welcome the new followers to my blog. Welcome!

I couldn't wait to share with you something that I received by post yesterday afternoon. I am so excited to have them. I call them the Grodnetal Doll Sisters which I have named Val and Clem short for Valentine and Clementine.


It happens to me quite often when I am surfing the internet looking for something and end up finding something unrelated. E-Bay; a dangerous place for me. I really try hard to stay away from there especially when it comes to miniatures.

I found a pair on tiny antique, intricately carved dolls.  They are called Grodnertal Peg wooden Dolls  or even known as Dutch Dolls and are made in Germany.

Today they arrived in their glass case and I was blown away with the tiny little things.




The pair are only two centimeters high with painted features and real hair. They come with their original dresses and have been preserved and kept together in this glass case. Believe it or not they go way back since 1870. Coincidence???!!!



I wonder to whom they belonged to years back. I wonder if there was a little girl who played with them and kept them in the case together for safe keeping, so she wouldn't lose them. I want to think of the dolls of being sisters that have been together for almost 150 years. For some reason Val (the doll in the green dress) gives me the impression that she is the older sister, the one who is more superior, more protective to her younger sister. Clem on the other hand is the devoted one,  loving and looks up to her older sister. 

I kept looking at the tiny dolls and wonder what I would do with them. The '1870' kept ringing in my head which only meant that the two had to be part of The Miniaturist project. Lady Adelaide was thrilled with the dolls. She wanted them to be part of her collection and still I wasn't sure where to fit them. 

Being preserved in a glass case for all these years I wouldn't have them displayed in open air. I remembered I had gotten a few glass domes from the Big Event dolls house fair in The Netherlands last year in October and I thought they would be ideal for the dolls. I didn't want to separate the two sisters; that would be heart breaking! So now they are under one dome together happy in a new home. 


I wasn't sure of the table in the middle of the room. So I found a better pedestal table and found the right spot for them in the Miniaturist Room. 





I am so happy to have them. part to my collection. 

This is all for today. Hope you found them interesting. I can't wait to share with you the new project. I am still sketching and seeing the possibilities of the building, so make sure to keep tuned for updates and more. 

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx

17 comments:

  1. Wow they are amazing. I also have a peg wooden doll but mine is 1/12th scale and is missing a leg, she is going to be the cook in my antique dolls house.

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    1. Thank you so much Diane, I am glad you like them.

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  2. Aren't they sweet! It's amazing that you got them complete with their case. I think their new home is perfect.

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  3. Wowww … Que preciosidades, son maravillosas.
    Un saludo

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  4. Congrats for this lucky find. The two sisters look perfect on the pedestal table.
    Hugs,
    Drora

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    1. Thank you Drora. Really happy that you like them. xxx

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  5. Oh Rebecca, you're outdone yourself again!!! Those dolls look totally beautiful, magical I would say, and you found the perfect spot for them! It seems like they've always been there, in that corner, under the glass dome! You were totally right to keep them together! And they irradiate a strong presence, even being so small! The fact that they're so old adds to the magic, as does the real hair of some 19th century lady that surely donated (or sold it) to a hair stylist of craftsman. Wow, what a find!! Wishing you lots of joy from them!

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    1. Thank you so much José for your wonderful comments. You described exactly what I was hoping for. I couldn't agree more xxx

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  6. Son maravillosas y no podrían haber encontrado mejor casa para vivir!
    Besos.

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  7. Wow what a small dolls amazing...
    groetjes van Marijke

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