Jason by Robert Zacher

Name: Jason, an OOAK doll by Robert Zacher

Made by and When: Robert Zacher, July 1990

Material: Stiffened and painted brown cloth with teddy-bear-jointed arms and legs

Marks: ROBERT/ZACHER/JULY/1990 (written on the stomach)

Height: 15 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black hair is sculpted from flat overlapped discs of polymer clay. Brown painted eyes, painted facial features, and variation in skin tone are distinctive of Zacher’s art dolls.

Clothes/Accessory: A red, white, and blue cotton floral-print, long-sleeved shirt that has a Peter Pan collar and a navy-blue ribbon necktie is worn with knee-length suspender pants made of a different floral-print fabric. His feet are bare.  Jason has a wheeled white wooden rabbit attached to a string which is sewn to his left hand.

Other: This doll was sold by two separate auction houses, the last one being Apple Tree Auction Center via Liveauctioneers.

Jason has stitched fingers and toes. (Some of Zacher’s dolls have paw hands with only a thumb and one-piece stuffed cloth for the hands.)

A member of Original Doll Artist Council of America, in addition to one-of-a-kind hand-painted dolls, Robert Zacher made other styles of dolls including golliwogs. He was also known for his artistry in mohair stuffed animals. Two dolls similar to Jason are identified and valued in Black Dolls an Identification and Value Guide Book II (Collector Books, 1995) by Myla Perkins on page 435. Their names are Lily and Ruby. See another museum Zacher doll here.


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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