I thought that they deserved a photoshoot too and they fitted perfectly with the Brighton beach vibe. So off we went and spent a lovely day in the sunshine taking photos of these funny dolls! Hope you like the outcome.
These ballet dancers were taken on the bandstand. I had wanted to contact the Theatre Royal and see if they would let us take photos on the stage but I was told by Mark that not only was it highly unlikely that they'd let us but how unimpressed would they be when we turn up for our 'photoshoot' with a pair of dolls and an iphone! I got his point and actually prefer the bandstand as a backdrop (well I didn't have much choice did I?!)
Next is one of my favourites and she's a bit saucy. Her top is normally half open but in the interests of decency I covered her up. Only the French would come up with a half naked doll!
These photos were taken further along the promenade near the smoke house and fishing museum which I had never been in until Saturday.
We then went down to Hove to the beach huts to take photos of this little cutie
She looks so at home in front of the beach huts and suits her surroundings brilliantly. The colours really pop and I am so pleased at how these photos turned out. I had a vision and I think it worked!
Next saw us at my favourite shop Three Angels to take photos of my final Larrea dolls I had always felt they had a Parisian air about them even before I knew the were made in France so I thought the French style surroundings of the Three Angels cafe would suit them perfectly.
I love their outfits and the fact that they have cigarettes, so French and so of the time.
They look very similar to the Larrea dolls but look closely and you can see that they don't have legs and there is a silver button type thing. That's because underneath the cloth is a plastic bottle that you would fill with perfume. They are perfume atomisers! Again I think they must be French.
Her most successful subject was Aboriginal Australia and she delighted both children and adults with her ability to capture the simple, naive beauty and innocence of children and wildlife. Her illustrations and watercolours are beautiful and you can find prints quite easily. She also illustrated children's books and porcelain items. A search on eBay will probably come up with a few but these dolls are very rare. I found the lighter haired doll at the same time as my perfume atomisers at Detling antiques fair and luckily the dealer was able to tell me who she thought it was based on. I then did a bit of research and came across the other 2 on eBay. I think they are wonderful and so full of character. I love the boomerang and kangeroo especially.
So there you have it, more dolls! I think they are great display pieces and whilst they aren't everyone's cup of tea, you can't deny how full of character they are and what great photographic models they make!