Friday, May 29, 2015

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: The Rival Queens; Just in time for our June Issue!...

See below, many historians compare Erzebet to Catherine d'Medici; now you can read for yourself.  The wonderful doll is featured in the June issue of Antique Doll Collector Magazine.

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: The Rival Queens; Just in time for our June Issue!...: See below, our June issue includes M. Theimer's excellent article about the rare Marguerite de  Valois portrait doll.  A new book about...


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wolf Hall

More on Wolf Hall and Anne Boleyn as soon as my computer and life issues straighten out.  The ending two weeks ago with the execution of Anne Boleyn was pathetic and poignant, and Henry's reaction by embracing Cromwell, psychotic if not out and out mad.

More on Erzebet and my series of novels, too.  There are many parallels in the lives of tragic women like these during The Renaissance and early Baroque.  Mary Wollstonecraft would rail against them later in her Vindication of the Rights of Women.

Also, good summer reading for those interested in these areas of Women's Studies, try out The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare, essays by Ann Rosalind Jones and Mary Ellen Lamb, books by Sarah Pomeroy, and Joan Aiken, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

It is nearly the Solstice, Blessed Be.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RIP Anne Boleyn D. May 19, 1536

Rest in Peace, Nan.  "Wolf Hall" has done you a disservice, even if it is a good show.

Anne Boleyn by Uneek Doll Designs, Etsy

Uncanny Life for Summer

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Summer is Nearly Here and Dolls Play a Big Role
Summer is approaching, with grass growing wildly, pools opening, and Memorial Day approaching.  June 3d brings us another Rendezvous Auction from Theriault's, and many doll shows and events are under way.  Read more below for ideas for summer reading and collecting.
Ellen Tsagaris
Doll Collecting Expert
Reveiw: Puppet by Kenneth Gross: An Essay on Uncanny Life
Professor Kenneth Gross takes us on a tour of an amazing gallery of puppets in Rome, discusses puppetry, and takes a good hard look at a puppet classic in a serious of essays involving dolls and puppets you will not' want to put down.
Puppets and Dolls Dance in Shadowlands for Philosophers
Ancient dolls and puppetry play a role in Plato's "The Republic." If you haven't read Book VII of this classic, read it now and note the role that ancient puppets and shadow puppets played in Ancient Greece and elsewhere.
For Timeless Doll Debut: A New British Invasion
Four new British dolls teach history and literary skills with beautiful books and accessories.
Dolls that Seem to Breathe
Uncanny dolls that go bump in the night, automatons, mechanical, and moving dolls inspire imagination and are immortalized in the film "Hugo" and the book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." Look also for "The Highest Bid", which features an automaton.

Sunday, May 17, 2015