Christmas Ornament, Spun Cotton Girl and basket of snowballs
These Spun Cotton Dolls are faithful replicas of ornaments from a bygone era - originating in 19th and early 20th century Germany. These were made by hand with cotton wadding around wire shapes and adorned with Dresden scrap embossed papers and other hand fashioned props, often featuring mushrooms Gluckspilz, a little trinket for luck. The porcelain faces used, are original antique doll parts which are extraordinarily secured some 100 years after they were disposed of as second quality or faulty by the doll makers of the past in the local village woods somewhere in Eastern Germany. Today in one of the strangest weekend hobbies, these are dug up like treasure by locals, or porcelain-foragers as we like to think of them, for your enjoyment. Surely the fact that each face has been buried in dirt for decades, destined to be forgotten, and brought back to life, given a new body and clothes, adds to their very eery, sometimes outright frightening demeanour and cooky form.
For the third year running, Choosing Keeping is pleased to offer a wide range of handblown glass Christmas Ornaments for your enjoyment.
These have been chosen with the following criteria in mind:
Origin: All our ornaments are 100% produced in Europe, specifically in towns and areas which have been historically involved in the production of Christmas items. In purchasing these items, you are directly contributing to the survival of a traditional cottage industry, supporting a village community - which we consider to have a significant historical and social value.
Quality: Being handmade, each bauble bears the human signature of its maker and painter. For good or bad this means each painted detail is original, full of personality and sometimes slightly strange !
Originality: Each individual maker has its own sense of aesthetics, vision, speciality and sense of humour. Some are hyper-realistic, others purposefully nostalgic and distressed, and many unapologetically eccentric!
Material: Spun cotton with antique ceramic face