2 Southern Folk Art Black Walnut Painted Face Dolls by Loveleigh Novelties
Here are a pair of handmade folk art black dolls, “Old Black Joe” and "Aunt Lucy". They measure approx. 11 and 10 inches tall, respectively. I discovered them in a drawer, where they had been carefully packed away for decades. They both are in excellent, all original condition, clean and bright, with no repairs or restorations. They retain remnants of the original paper labels on the soles of the feet, and have English walnut heads with hand painted faces.
These dolls were made in Grantville Georgia, by Itura Rosalein Colley Leigh, also know as Miss. Love, hence the name Loveleigh Dolls. She started making dolls 1924, and reportedly made them until 1954-56. The later ones were not painted by her, and are considered inferior. The earlier dolls, such as this pair, can be identified by the dark red paint around the eyes, not present in later examples. The bodies are made from wire armatures wrapped in cloth and crepe paper, and the clothing was made from scraps gathered by friends and neighbors.
The dolls Miss. Love made depicted actual persons as she saw them in her town, and are considered to be folk portraits rather than the stereotypical characterizations of the era. The first doll she introduced was "Old Black Joe", a cotton picker. He was followed by "Aunt Lucy", and then came "Mammy's Angel Child", also known as "Topsy". Others followed, including the Preacher and his wife, "Traveling Annie" with suitcase, a coach driver with whip, fishing boy, banjo players, and more. Her various dolls and creations were well received, she sold many of them in the 1930's. Some of her more clever pieces, such as her patented pine cone turkeys, even graced the White House during the terms of Coolidge, Hoover, and F.D.R.
The pair I am offering here are exceptionally fine, and would make a great addition to any doll collection or comprehensive collection of Southern American folk art.
Price: SOLD... Thank you!
Packing and shipping are free for this item within the Continental U.S. Insurance, if desired is, extra.
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Contact info: Bob Grabosky.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 167, Foxboro, MA. 02035-0167