Queen Anne-dolls have their origins in southern Germany and there comes the original name “Dutsch doll” or corruption of “Deutschen Puppe”. I became fascinated with them after I came by a book by Venus A. Dodge, a bookwriter on doll clothes and making reproduction dolls. I bought the book for myself and I can recommend it even if its not been printed anymore. Every book by Dodge is a DELIGHT to read!
My father Altti made the doll for me few years ago. I was extatic about it. He was born in 1939 and he has been working with wood since he was very small. (His father made him straighten nails for building of their first own house in 1940s when he was not even in school yet.) He has built many houses since then, including the one I was born in 1982. He made a wendyhouse for me for my 5th birthday, a stable for a horse (he had no previous knowledge of horses but he is good at finding knowledge), he also made a treehouse for my nephew, many swings, and a 18th century babyhouse (but more on that in next post).
The doll’s name is Loviisa Ulriika. She was the queen of Sweden and Finland in 18th century and the mother of Gustav the third that got shot in a masquarade. She was originally a prussian princess. Her story is interesting and I recommend reading on her in wikipedia more. She was one of few swedish queens to visit Finland and so a town of Dagerby was renamed Loviisa after her visit. She was said to be speechless on devotion shown by finns compared to contempt and suspicion she received in Sweden’s court.
My main job was to paint her and make her a wig and clothes. this is an ongoing process and she is NOT finished! Her face is regal and fashionably cool, her face has many beauty spot and her shoes are painted red. Her hair is styled “A la enfant” after Marie-Antoinette (really I ran out of natural wool I had found…I plan on making her another wig). The medici is made of peach-colored pearls and still lacks a small lace to frame it. Her stays are douppion with embroidered red and pink stomacher, cording and lacings.
Her petticoat has a green woollen decencyskirt underneath made by my mother Toini. The petticoat is white douppion that is unfinished still. Only complaint I have about her is that her other leg wont bend like the other one does. It got accidentally superglued.
The hands are attached with leatherstrips in both dolls.
He also made a baby for my doll. I named her Sofia Albertina after Loviisa Ulriika’s real life daughter and after my father (Altti is a finnish petname for Albert). She wear a douppion-chemise and curls made from silk-fibre that have been wet and rolled in hairpins to tight curls.
The actual Sofia Albertina, she had some cute clothes I might attempt to do. That cute cap and those allemande-style sleeves are definately appearing one day on her!
This is the book and the doll in green robe. The insructions are simple to follow and a lot of fun!
But that’s not all! The dessert is my newlymade regency-era ragdoll Herzeleide, named after another prussian princess.
Her hair is brown mohair-like yarn that looks like small braided curls and is luxurious to touch. Her demure face is painted like my old ragdoll in 1980s. The other hand has to be remade though but I am very happy at her.
Her dress is some sort of transitional regency-dress with a long almost watteau-like back without the pleats though (if that makes any sense). Its made of pink linen and has a silvery belt taken from a 1990s Barbie-doll. She has a medici around her neck made of white doll-lace and black ribbon. The legs are bound with narrow satin-ribbon in “a la Greque”.