Lois Lenski was not only a prolific author and illustrator of children’s books, but she was also an avid doll collector.
She seemed intent upon garnering an international collection meant to reflect (among other things) many of the roles young women played in society over the course of roughly 100 years, starting in the mid-nineteenth century.The materials with which the dolls were made vary from corn husks to porcelain to paper and beyond. Regardless of the material composition, all were loved. We hope you enjoy them too!
From tiny nude penny dolls to lavish China dolls in elegant dresses, these human figures made wholly or partially of porcelain and bisque originated in Germany in the early 19th century.
Often sold as tourist goods, these colorful dolls in their traditional garb may evoke a sense of mid-century kitsch today, but they were originally designed to serve both a decorative and didactic purpose.
Cheap, versatile, and easy to make at home, paper dolls give children the opportunity to experiment with haute couture fashions and create their own fabulous outfits from readily available materials.