Made by and When: Fayzah Spanos/Precious Heirlooms 1996
Material: Artist vinyl, brown stuffed cloth body
Marks: (Head) Kisses / A FAYZAH SPANOS DESIGN / 1994; (hand signed behind the left ear) FayZah / Spanos / 1996 / 169/100
Height: 24 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Cornrow-braided dark-brown wig, brown stationary eyes, applied upper and lower eyelashes, dark-colored puckered lips
Clothes/Accessories: Ivory dress with peach tulle from the empire waist down; gold grapes and ivory flowers accent the bodice; ivory satin panties; gold ribbon headband of ivory flowers and gold grapes. Feet are bare. Has a Precious Heirlooms hangtag and a certificate of authenticity that certifies this doll is #169 of 1000.
Provenance: Treasure was purchased new in the late 1990s. The doll is featured in the curator’s first book, The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls (Hobby House Press, Inc., 2003). Treasure remained part of the curator’s personal collection until 2015 when the doll was given to the curator’s mother for Mother’s Day. After the second owner transitioned in November 2022, the doll returned to its original owner.
Other: Treasure is an example of FayZah Spanos’ expressive limited-edition vinyl and porcelain babies. Having founded Precious Heirlooms in 1986, FayZah Spanos’ doll art was popular from the late 1980s through the mid-2000s. See more examples of FayZah Spanos dolls here.
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