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Big Papier-Maché Doll
Big Papier-Maché Doll. Spanish papier-mâché doll from the 1940s. This doll arrived in my hands in perfect condition. It has a crybaby in its belly which does not work. The wig is original mohair and is in perfect condition. The eyes are made of glass and pendulous. It is about 61 cm long.
The Stone papier-maché Dolls
The manufacture of dolls in Spain was created in the first workshop in 1878 by Ramon Mira Vides. These industrial workshops were centralized in the town of Onil. Its terrisaire tradition allowed the creation of the first dolls, of artisan character, began to be conceived as an industrial product.
These first dolls created by Ramon Mira were made of baked clay. Due to the fragility of the material an improvement process was started in search of other materials. Big Papier-Maché Doll
Novelties will be created such as movable eyes, instead of painted, the incorporation of the weeper, which allowed to make a sound that was identified with the cry or the words “Mama” and also the stylization of arms and legs.
Over time, the materials changed to the use of the so-called stone cardboard.
The wrists had joints in their limbs, which were joined with elastic cords. This procedure of the cardboard, worked with the bulk was vital for the increase of the production.
During the 1940s in Spain it was the great absolute empire of the stone cardboard doll. Not only the popular Pepona that was made of this material, although its appearance was rougher, because it was less worked and polished; but also the most luxurious dolls. The stone cardboard doll lasted its manufacture until the arrival of plastic during the second half of the fifties. The use of plastic was introduced regularly from the sixties. Big Papier-Maché Doll
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