Virginia Black, famous for her cloth character dolls, also made a few holiday couples. We are pleased to offer Santa and Mrs. Claus, each handsigned on the bottom of their soft cone bodies "An Original by Virginia Black 1980." Both are costumed in red flannel, have fabulous Christmas hats and hold sprigs of holly. Santa is 9-1/2" and slightly taller than his missus with wonderful hand painted aqua blue eyes, needle sculpted nose, gold metal spectacles and fabulous hair, mustache and beard. Mrs. Claus has a wise, spectacled look with brown eyes, needle sculpted button nose and smiling mouth. |
The value of Virginia Black dolls soared after her highly sought after dolls went on national display in the Rosalie Whyle Museum of Doll Art's 1998 tour of Virginia Black's Whimsical Cloth Dolls. Adding to the collectibility of these dolls is both their hand penned Virginia Black signature, original paper tags, and excellent condition.
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.