Nov 12 2013

Dolls Inspiration From Around The World – Annette Himstedt

Afrika Girl Artist's Proof 1 of 1

Afrika Girl is a beautiful porcelain doll from 1992

Throughout her career, Annette Himstedt has always shown her love of ethnic children with her dolls. She has created dolls that represent children from all over the world. Some of her earliest dolls, the acclaimed Barefoot Children series, were originally planned to be used to raise money for UNICEF. For her porcelain dolls, Annette used multiple firings to achieve the skin tones and make sure they were just perfect.

A beautiful example of Annette’s amazing ethnic dolls is Afrika Girl from 1992. No detail was overlooked. The skin tone is absolutely perfect. Annette described the work that went into getting Afrika Girl’s skin tone just right. “To get the coloring right was unbelievably difficult – with every trial the brown paint wouldn’t come out the way I wanted it to. I mixed pigments and painted like a lunatic.” – Annette Himstedt

Afrika Girl features mouth-blown glass eyes and the beadwork for her outfit was handmade by Annette from colored rocailles. This particular edition even comes with its own porcelain base allowing her to stand easily.  When taken in as a whole, this striking edition truly blurs the line between doll and fine art.

 

Shilin by Annette Himstedt

Shilin was an edition from Annette's 2007 Sommer Kinder collection

In addition to Annette’s porcelain Masterpiece editions, she has created a number of ethnic dolls for her Puppen Kinder collections over the years. Shilin was part of the 2007 Sommer Kinder Collection. She is an exquisite doll of Asian decent featuring a real hair black wig and hand painted features. Her outfit was a designed b Annette herself and hand-dyed in soft pastel colors that were the motif of that collection.

Mohan Artist's Proof 2 of 2

Mohan is a young boy from India created in 1993

Annette always did wonderful dolls of Asian heritage. Dating as far back as Makimura in 1988 Annette has exhibited a love for dolls of Asian descent. In 1993 she created Mohan and Mohini. Again, Annette worked diligently to replicate the flesh tones, this time those of children from India. Annette said this about her experience with Mohan and Mohini – “Mohan and Mohini are a beautiful couple. Modeling ethnic dolls gives me the greatest pleasure and it always seems to be a very easy process to me. They never cause me any trouble and they’ve always stayed fondly in my heart. “

For Mohan’s attire, Annette created a a rich outfit from hand-dyed silks. He has a large, elegant, amber bead as the centerpiece of his leather necklace.

Jantje Artist's Proof 2 of 2

Jantje is a lovely African-American porcelain doll from 1999

Annette modeled her 1999 porcelain edition Jantje from a little girl from America. She considered the dolls  she was creating as 3 dimensional portraits. She felt that porcelain enabled her to capture the nuances of realism that came through in a child’s face.  Jantje features a gorgeous wig made of real hair that is decorated with handmade porcelain flowers. These delilcate editions were a labor of love. Annette described the trials of producing these complex editions as toy fairs quickly approached in 1999. “I had to work days and nights to get them done for the shows. It was as though they were jinxed. They kept shattering in the kiln and the toy fairs were creeping closer and closer. It was such an agonizing wait every time, because with each trial we’d only get the results after at least 26 hours. That’s how long one firing process took. I can’t count the times when we ran the huge kiln nearly empty, just to be able to finish individual pieces. Once we fired it up for just a hand-full of tiny blossoms. Anyone would have declared us insane… But I didn’t have a choice – I had to get everything finished on time.”

Annette closed her manufactory in 2008. She gathered all of her Artist’s Proofs to be sent to the U.S. to be made available to collectors. Understandably, it was a very poignant time. “When I last saw all my porcelain children and held them in my hands, it became very clear to me that they possess an unbelievable charm. I got very emotional in the process. It is my wish that you, dear collector, have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy these special dolls. “  – Annette Himstedt

 


Sep 24 2013

A Very Special Little Girl

Ajescha

A favorite of collectors from Annette's 2008 Sommer Kinder Collection

Over the years, Annette Himsted has created an amazing number of unforgettable dolls. In 2008, Annette closed her manufactory, ending an unparalleled 23-year creative era. In one of her final collections before retiring, Annette created what has become a modern classic and a favorite of collections. Ajescha

This edition is an incredible example of all the work and innovation that goes into a Himstedt doll. She is 36 5/8 inches tall and fully jointed at the head, upper arms, elbows and knees. She has an exclusive body and limbs, solely used for her and another 2008 Sommer Kinder,  Sini. Her long, luscious wig is made of real hair and is semi-hand knotted and meticulously styled. She features mouth-blown glass eyes, made in Germany, an exclusive Himstedt design.

Ajescha’s outfit is an exclusive Himstedt design and dyed in Annette’s exclusive Himstedt colors. To complement her outfit, Annette has chosen hand-dyed and hand-knitted cherry-red socklets and matching shoes.

When you combine these features with a head sculpt that was created by one of the all time great doll artists at her creative and sculptural peak, you get one of the most incredible vinyl dolls ever created. Ajescha was produced in a very limited edition size of 377, adding to her desirability.

 


Aug 29 2011

Best Place To Buy An Annette Himstedt Doll

Doll collectors around the world have been buying Annette Himstedt dolls for almost 25 years. Now that Annette no longer makes new collections of her Kinder Puppen dolls, where is the best place to buy your next Himstedt doll? The Toy Shoppe of Richmond, Virginia is a favorite choice among doll collectors and here are ten good reasons why:

  1. Longevity – The Toy Shoppe has been in business in Richmond, Virginia since 1975.
  2. History With Annette – Danny and Barrie, the owners, were the first to bring Annette Himstedt porcelain dolls to the USA.
  3. Selection – Even when dolls were being allocated to stores, The Toy Shoppe had a great selection available. The Toy Shoppe is still offering new Himstedt dolls! When Annette closed her manufactory in Paderborn Germany, she sent many of the dolls that were at the manufactory to The Toy Shoppe. In fact, many of The Toy Shoppe’s Annette Himstedt dolls are still new in box!
  4. Beautiful catalogs – No one creates the beautiful catalogs that The Toy Shoppe does. A great reference or just wonderful to look at and enjoy!
  5. Artist’s ProofsAnnette Himstedt’s Artists Proofs are represented solely by The Toy Shoppe. This is the only place you can get one of these remarkable dolls by Annette Himstedt. You can learn more about what makes an Artist’s Proof special by clicking here.
  6. Respected – Danny and Barrie have been selling fine artists dolls for over three decades. They are often quoted in magazines like Doll Reader and DOLLS. They are also the only retailer to have ever won the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jones Publishing. Every other winner has been an artist or manufacturer. Other recipients include R. John Wright, Steiff, Madame Alexander and Helen Kish – each a  giant in the doll or Teddy bear world. This is a very prestigious group to be associated with!
  7. Friendly Staff – The Toy Shoppe staff is both friendly and knows a lot about an Annette Himstedt doll. You can call them toll free at 1 800 447-7995 and they’ll be happy give you the personal attention you need to choose the perfect Himstedt doll for you.
  8. Doll Gallery – The Toy Shoppe has been located in the very same store in Richmond, Virginia for over three decades. It is easy to get to off of the major highways when traveling through Virginia. Every Himstedt collector should stop and see their many Annette Himstedt dolls on display. No one has a better display of Annette Himstedt dolls than The Toy Shoppe!
  9. Website – There is no other web site with the selection of beautiful Annette Himstedt dolls on display as www.TheToyShoppe.com. Lots of beautiful pictures – many they take themselves of the actual doll!
  10. Flexible, AMC Payment Plan – Annette Himstedt dolls are amazing and are priced accordingly. The Toy Shoppe offers interest-free, monthly payment plans that can be customized to suit you. Now everyone can afford there very own Himstedt doll!

With all this going for them, there isn’t any doubt that The Toy Shoppe is the best place to buy your Annette Himstedt doll.