Sunrise, Sunset OOAK Cloth Dolls by Norma Mellen NIADA - Grandfather and Granddaughter

Sunrise, Sunset OOAK Cloth Dolls by Norma Mellen NIADA - Grandfather and Granddaughter


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Vintage from the 1980s


fabric, wood, paint, metal

Sunrise and Sunset are one of a kind cloth dolls made in 1981 by New Hampshire doll artist Norma Mellen, who was a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists. The little girl is Sunrise, 10 ¾” tall (27.3 cm). Her grandfather, called Sunset, sits in a chair to play his fiddle while she dances. He measures about 11 ½” tall (29.2 cm) seated, and holds his violin. He is not removable from the chair. The dolls are made of stockinette, needle sculpted and painted, with mohair wigs. They have individual fingers and very detailed costumes. They have labels sewn to their backs. Norma made everything herself, including the violin, the chair and Sunset’s black leather shoes.

Sunset’s belt is broken, otherwise both dolls are in excellent condition. They were displayed by the original owner in a smoke-free, pet-free home, under a dome so they stayed clean. Their feet were originally glued to the base, but they have come loose so they will be removed from the base for shipping. The base has nails which go into the bottoms of their feet so they can be put back into place once they arrive at their new home. The base measures 11” square (27.9 cm). However, if space is an issue, it wouldn't be difficult to mount Sunrise on a much smaller base, and Sunset doesn't need the base at all.

These are wonderful, one of a kind creations from an underappreciated doll artist!

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