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BLACK DOLLS: FROM THE COLLECTION OF DEBORAH NEFF. Ed. by Frank Maresca. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, 2015. Published in association with Radius Books, Santa Fe. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 232 pp. with 182 ills. (151 col.). 31 x 25 cm. ISBN 9781934435892 In English.
Publisher's description: This book presents over 100 unique handmade African American dolls made between 1850 and 1930 from the collection of Deborah Neff, a Connecticut-based collector and champion of vernacular art. It is believed that African Americans created these dolls for the children in their lives, including members of their own families and respective communities as well as white children in their charge. Acquired over the last 25 years, this renowned collection is considered to be one of the finest of its kind ever to be assembled. The dolls portray faithful yet stylized representations of young and old African Americans -- playful boys and girls, well-dressed gentlemen, elegant young ladies, and distinguished older men and women. Made with scraps of cloth, ribbon and lace, or old socks, and stuffed with wool or cotton, these unusual dolls are charming and full of emotional spirit. Their faces are embroidered, stitched and painted to express a variety of emotions, each representing a fascinating story of culture and identity in American history. The book also features an assortment of rare vintage photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, showing both black and white children holding, posing or playing with their dolls.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900, 1900-1945 — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art, African American Artists
Plans: 73,75
Worldwide Number: 081104
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