I wanted to participate in the “Summer Cloche Party” over at A Stroll Through Life, so thought I’d put together a little vingette using my heirloom figurine, “Victoria”, that Mr. CSD bought for me many years ago.
“Victoria” was purchased in the little Danish town of Solvang, CA in 1982. She was hand crafted by Jamalea Corre’ using a technique developed by Italian artists during the 17th century. After years of research, Jamalea was able to replicate their painstaking multi-media processes which require many steps of meticulous hand work and hours of curing time between each step.
I took the glass cloche off so you could see the intricate detailing of the costume, decorative accessories and hand-painted face that makes each figurine a “one of a kind”. I think the detailing is what made me fall in love with them the first time I saw them. They were exquisite! I would just stand and stare at each one in the display case. “Victoria” was one of the first things Mr. CSD purchased for me after we were married and it is one of my most cherished possessions!
I took this “close up” so you could see the detail of the hand painted face. It has a much softer look, but I couldn’t seem to capture it. I love the detail of the hat, purse and pearl necklace.
And look at the detail on the skirt and lace shawl.
Don’t know what the hair is made of, but it too is exquisite.
I mentioned, “Victoria” was purchased in 1982 and I saw more of Jamalea Corre’s work on subsequent visits to Solvang. Then sometime in the 90′s, I noticed that the figurines had changed. Still exquisite workmanship, but the dress colors were more vibrant. I called the company and was told that Jamalea was no longer making the figurines, but had taught her daughter the process and she was making them.
In preparation to write this post, I did a search to see if I could find any information as to whether they were still being produced. If her daughter is still making them, I couldn’t find any information about it. That just makes “Victoria” all the more precious to me!
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