THE SWEET PEA FAIRIES
The R. John Wright Flower Fairy series made its debut at a special ticketed dinner event held during the first R. John Wright convention in 2009. The Sweet Pea Baby Fairy was first of the Flower Fairies and was closely followed by her older sister The Sweet Pea Fairy.
The Flower Fairies marked a major departure in the construction of R. John Wright dolls. In order to closely evoke the various poses of the Flower Fairie characters as depicted in the original Cicely Mary Barker illustrations, a completely new jointing system was devised. Each fairy has a hollow sculptural torso with an internal wood mechanism to connect the limbs and head. The ball & socket joints provided a far greater degree of movement then the former rotating disc method. In addition to the jointing improvement, the scale of the fairies called for new limb molds in varied and expressive poses and incredibly tiny individually sewn and turned fingers.
The Sweet Pea Fairy is constructed of the finest all wool felt and measures 11 1/2" tall. Her facial features are delicately hand painted and she has a wig of the finest imported mohair. Her lovely fairy wings are sewn of fine silk organza and delicately hand colored.
This Garden Flower Fairy is dressed per the original Cicely Mary Barker illustrations in a 2-piece outfit consisting of a felt petal skirt and a fitted silk bodice. She wears hand-dyed knit silk tights and dainty hand cobbled silk slippers on her feet. In one hand she holds a single sweet pea blossom made of felt and delicately hand colored.
The companion piece, the Sweet Pea Baby Fairy, is similarly constructed and measures just 8" tall standing. She is costumed per the original illustrations in a custom-dyed silk baby dress with matching bloomers. On her head she wears a delightful felt sweet pea bonnet and she also holds a detailed, realistic sweet pea blossom made of felt.
The Sweet Pea Fairy was produced in an edition limited to 250 pieces worldwide while the Sweet Pea Baby Fairy was made in a smaller edition of just 150 pieces. Each came enclosed in a deluxe RJW Flower Fairy presentation box with the accompanying signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration.
©The Estate of Mary Cicely Barker, 2009
DIRECT PURCHASE: The Sweet Pea Fairy and Baby Fairy offered here are both Artist Proof number five (AP5) of only five made and come directly from R. John Wright Archives in pristine as-new condition. The purchase price includes shipping & insurance in the domestic United States. [For overseas shipping rates, please contact the RJW office.]
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THE FLOWER FAIRIES
©The Estate of Cicely Mary Barker, 2009
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