Looking like a French maid in calico, this wonderful Tired Housewife was made by the celebrated doll artist, Virginia Black. Famous from the 1950's for her cloth character dolls, Virginia Black created relatively few of them, and they are rarely found today. Their value as collectible dolls soared after Ms. Black's work went on national display in the Rosalie Whyle Museum of Doll Art's 1998 tour of Virginia Black's Whimsical Cloth Dolls.
A great kitchen companion, she has a green cotton hard-stuffed body with feet contoured into high heels. Her costume includes a floral calico print gown trimmed with white lace, a cotton apron that is edged with fringed lace and a generously ruffled maid's hat. Both hands have stitched fingers, and she holds a well made yarn mop with real stick handle. Apparently she doesn't work much, because her mop is as pure as snow. Her stockinette face was hand painted with fanciful huge brown eyes and plenty of attitude. She has sensational thread eyelashes, a cute needle sculpted nose, and wonderful light brown hair that is real mohair. In excellent condition she is 13" tall and still bears her tag reading "An Original by Virginia Black". In addition, her tush is stamped "Original Dolls by Virginia Black". She's a wonderful character doll to start or add to your collection, or present as a gift.
In the early 1950's, Ms. Black's imaginative cloth dolls inspired NYC's Orhbach's Department Store to take out a full page ad in the New York Times to lure customers with her charming and sometimes comical images. Then she approached Hallmark Cards, which illustrated her dolls in a new line of contemporary (1950's) cards and, later, a line of calendars. A pioneer as a doll artist, Ms. Black elevated handcrafted cloth dolls from playthings to works of art.