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Doll mould - Head Mould for Heirloom Dolls

Head Mould for Heirloom Dolls

  • Object:

    Doll mould

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    about 1982 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doulton Ceramic Factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    plaster, rubber, bone china slip

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Royal Doulton

  • Museum number:

    B.147:1-2000

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 17 []

Physical description

white plaster mould comprising three sections, (the face and head front and two side and back sections each with an ear), and a rubber band to hold them together

Molten bone china slip was poured into a hole at the top of the mould and when set and hardened the cast form was removed. The blue heads shown are the cast forms before being fired and at this stage they are very fragile and easily broken. After these casts were smoothed down, they were fired. During the process, they strink in size.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)

Date

about 1982 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Doulton Ceramic Factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

plaster, rubber, bone china slip

Marks and inscriptions

2937A
cast in edges of the mould sections

Object history note

In 1980, the ceramic artist of Royal Doulton and the costume designers of House of Nisbet joined to create a range of dolls, many of which were based upon watercolour drawings by Kate Greenaway. Eric Griffiths, once of Pedigree and the re-styler of Sindy, created the heads and Alison Nisbet (daughter of Peggy) designed the costumes.

Most of the series of dolls were issued as Limited Editions of 5000. Each doll was individually boxed with a signed and numbered certificate. If a doll had a special name, the name was printed on the head and also on the label attached to the clothing.

Descriptive line

face and head front, plaster, Royal Doulton, 1982; part, for head, "Swansdown" doll; Plaster, Royal Doulton/Nisbet, 1982

side and back of head, plaster, Royal Doulton, 1982; part, for head, "Swansdown" doll; Plaster, Royal Doulton/Nisbet, 1982

side and back of head, plaster, Royal Doulton, 1982; part, for head, "Swansdown" doll; Plaster, Royal Doulton/Nisbet, 1982

to hold the mould together

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The Ultimate Doll Book, Caroline Goodfellow, Dorling Kindersley, 1993

Materials

Plaster; Rubber; Bone china

Techniques

Moulded

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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