Wooden Doll Inspired By 1779 Painting
In the 1779 painting by William Hoare that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, younger daughter Mary is portrayed showing her doll to her father Christopher Anstey. It is this doll that has been created by Susan Parris in a fine wood that is entirely carved and painted by the artist with unique glazes and paints that she has developed. The doll has brown hand-blown glass eyes, authentically styled coiffure of the era and her costume is hand sewn using 18th century draping ans sewing techniques. Beneath her silk taffeta French court gown is a matching petticoat trimmed with ruched silk and vintage silver wire, silk pannier, reed hoop, vintage lace shft and orange silk pockets. Her shoes are painted and she is posed on a custom walnut stand. A certificate from the artist accompanies the dolls, as does he custom lined storage case. 12".