Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Izannah Walker Doll Sells for $8,500

This Izannah Walker doll sold at
Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers'. recent auction this past weekend for hammer price of $8,500 to a floor bidder, not including taxes or buyer's premium.  The estimate was $4,000 - $6,000. I wonder who the lucky buyer was? This doll has a lively demeanor.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Old Tintypes and Daguerrotypes

The photo above looks a lot like the picture of Miss Mary on the cover of Antique Doll Collector. The doll above might be a papier mache doll, but those arms look an awful lot like Izzy arms. Hard to tell. Click here to see the image above in a larger format of the picture above.

I found this image in Mirror Image Gallery's Flickr - there is an amazing album of tintypes of children with toys.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Izannah's Year? Keep Your Eyes Open!

I started this site on January 1, 2008 as a way of sharing pictures I was able to take of original Izannah Walker dolls. Over the past 2 years many large pixel pictures have been shared on this site, and I have worked hard to put together a clearing house to all the information on original Izannah Walker dolls that's out there. 2010 has been a stellar year in terms of artisans' focus on Izannah Walker. Some highlights are....
  • Three artists have designed and released Izannah Walker patterns.
  • Two artists have made molds of their original Izannah Walker dolls, using them to make reproduction dolls.
  • Another artist I know has a major Izannah project underway, studying the original dolls closely. It will be interesting to see that come to fruition.
  • A live Izannah Walker Workshop based on my pattern is going to be held at The American Museum in Bath, England.
  • 179 people took my Izannah Walker Workshop (see link in sidebar).
  • An original Izannah Walker Doll will be auctioned tomorrow.
I wonder what Izannah would think of all this? I wonder what else might happen in 2010 in the Izannah World? My son teases me when I say, "Big things are happening in the Izannah World." His reply, "Oh, so there's an Izannah WORLD now, mom?"

Keep reading the Izzy Chronicles, because I will write about it all here. :-)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Antique Doll Collector - Izannah Articles

Picture courtesy Antique Doll Collector
Antique Doll Collector, Volume 1, No. 1
Nov/Dec 1997

Recently I purchased the back issues of Antique Doll Collector Vol. 1 on CD. I was thrilled to see a beautiful Izannah on the cover of the first issue. This doll was once owned by Lorna Lieberman and is the famed "Miss Mary" mint condition Izannah Walker doll Lorna arranged to go to the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City. The story is well worth reading - and you can see that my own copy that I scanned below is dearly loved and acquiring "patina". The pictures in the article are outstanding - showing in detail the wonderful wardrobe which had been created for Miss Mary over the years.

Pictures courtesy Antique Doll Collector
March 2006, Volume 9, Number 2

Also in this the CD version of antique doll collector is this lovely doll below, which so hauntingly reminds me what Izannah's dolls might have looked like before "paste and paint" were added. I wonder if this doll was inspired by Izannah's works? The slope of the shoulders is similar...and the mouth looks very similar to R. John Wright's Izannah.

Picture courtesy Antique Doll Collector
Antique Doll Collector, Volume 1, No. 1
Nov/Dec 1997

courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

Don't the lips of the doll above look similar to this doll named "Ella" above? Or perhaps this closeup below of a doll from a picture in John Darcy Noble's book on p. 101 of Rare & Lovely Dolls of Two Centuries.

Do you see how looking through back issues of magazines with Izannah Walker pictures can get the mind thinking? If you're interested in ordering the back issues of Antique Doll Collector, click the link below.

A Pictorial Directory of Dolls<br> Featured on the Izannah Walker Chronicles

My mission for this blog in 2008 was to create the site I wished existed - a site for doll makers and collectors who love Izannah Walker dol...