To make gift giving ideas easier this year, we put together an R. John Wright Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you are shopping for yourself or someone special on your list, there is something perfect waiting in our workshop. Purchase through the RJW Company store and receive autograph service by R. John Wright and free shipping. The commentary in our gift guide was written by RJW enthusiast and Doll Collecting Expert, Ellen Tsagaris.
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2) Fairy Tale Mice: "Charmingly realistic in a style reminiscent of Beatrix Potter and Richard Scarry, these original Mouse interpretations of beloved fairy tales fit conveniently in a pocket or a curio. Imagine them wandering in their own miniature Mouse House or Enchanted Mini Forest. One thinks of the Door Mouse’s “Long Tail” in Alice in Wonderland, but we don’t want the Fairy Tale Mice Series ever to end!"
3) Mouse House: "No need to imagine anymore; RJW brings to life the Mouse House for our Fairy Tale Citizens. Move over Hunca Munca, we’ve just improved the curb appeal in this mini-neighborhood. Talk about thinking outside the doll house!!"
4) The Zinnia Fairy, inspired by Cicely Mary Barker: "In some parts of the world, Christmas doesn’t mean snow or holly; it means beautiful flowers in all colors. The Zinnia Fairy‘s deep, reddish pink and green hues work for Christmas or spring. Her childlike innocence reminds us that goodness and peace still exist, even in a complicated world. The meaning of zinnias in The Language of Flowers is endurance, and in this, our fairy is like the evergreen."
5) Alice in Wonderland, Commemorative Edition: "Curiouser and curiouser, Alice and her friends never go out of style! This wonderful Alice by RJW could have stepped out of the pages of the classic Tenniel edition of Lewis Carroll’s classic work."
6) Angel Serenade: “Feed my lambs/Tend my sheep/Over all a vigil keep/In my name/Lead them forth/Gently as a shepherd.” These lines from a Children’s Christmas Hymn evoke the gentle Hummel angel and her tiny, precious lamb. What better symbol of the holidays than this piece skillfully done in felt that so wonderfully echoes the porcelain figure that inspired it."
7) Celestial Musician: "Also based on the art of Sister Maria Innocentia, these beautiful violinist is a reminder that we need angels now more than ever. Close your eyes, and you can hear the violin strains of “Angels from the Realms of Glory!”
8) The Wicked Witch of the West: Elphaba Thropp herself could not have conjured up a better doll portrait of herself! From her delightfully evil face to her ball and socket body, this “witchy woman” is a delightful addition to any collection.
9) St Nicholas: RJW is pleased to introduce St. Nicholas, first in a series of Father Christmas figures presented as mice. This little St. Nick fits down the chimney of Mouse House or any favorite doll house. For anyone who loves Michael Brown’s Santa Mouse, he belongs under their tree.
10) Captain Corey: “Home is the sailor, home from sea”, lines written by Robert Louis Stevenson, describes this wonderful boy perfectly. He could be the little boy doll hero in Rumer Godden’s novel about dolls, Home is the Sailor. For any of us who has loved someone who sailed the seas, or was in the armed forces, he is a must, more family than doll."
About the author: Ellen Tsagaris has collected dolls since she was three years old. She has made dolls, priced dolls, repaired, dressed, and studied dolls. She has set up at craft shows and presented papers on dolls and their history at the Midwest Modern Language Association. She is the author of several articles on dolls that have appeared in Doll Reader, National Doll World, Doll Designs, International Doll World, Hope and Glory, Doll News, Adventures, and The Western Doll Collector. She is the author of two books about dolls, Bibliography of Doll and Toy Sources and With Love from Tin Lizzie; A History of Metal Heads, Metal Dolls, Mechanical Dolls, and Automatons. An active blogger, she features two blogs about dolls, Dr. E’s Doll Museum, and Doll Museum. She lectures on dolls for various organizations and has displayed part of her collection in museums.
“Dolls are among the oldest cultural artifacts, and perhaps are the oldest toys. My passion for dolls began when I was a toddler, and it has never stopped. Explore the wonderful world of all things ‘doll’ with me.”