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Tuesday, October 11, 2011


1. Lillian, portrait doll of makers' daughter,
2. Snow White and The Little Prince,
3. Musette, a candy container, with Benjamin Bunny and Jiminy Cricket (Steiff, not Wright)

Jill gave our October program on R. John Wright felt dolls. The R. John Wright company has been making felt dolls since the 1970's. What was once a two-person operation became cottage industry is now a business with 50 employees and annual sales of 5-10 million dollars. John and Susan Wright did all the prototypes, as well as made all the dolls originally. Both artistic and interested in dolls, the Wrights perfected the craft of felt dolls making by studying quality dolls like Steiff, Lenci, and Kathe Kruse. From peasant-looking character dolls to the Little Children series, the R. John Wright Company turned to story book characters and film stars - Pooh characters, Snow White, Cinderella, Beatrix Potter characters, The Wizard of Oz characters, multiple bears, and The Little Prince. Most dolls are limited editions of 250-500. The R. John Wright dolls are known for the impeccable detail and high quality of felt, materials, and facial painting. These dolls are works of art!
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