|Artists Collectibles distributed dolls for artists such as FahZah Spanos and Virginia Turner during the late 1980s and 1990s.|
I had to navigate to a doll-dense area of the doll room recently which required moving some larger standing dolls to create a pathway.
Buttercup by FayZah Spanos is one of the dolls obstructing the clearance. After lifting her up from her standing position, I noticed what appeared to be rust stains on her ruffled yellow dress and that the glue holding her wig in place had weakened. I undressed her to hand wash her dress, pantaloons, socks, and her shoes, which are faux leather. Some of the stitching on the shoes had turned a rust color as well. I also freshened her wig and secured it in place with Aleene's Tacky Glue.
|Buttercup by FahZah Spanos, ca. 1992 is a 20-inch, all-vinyl doll with brown stationary eyes, cherry cheeks, and a smiling, open mouth that exposes her two upper and two lower front teeth.|
Undressing Buttercup revealed her super cute, all-vinyl toddler body as shown in the image above. Finding a doll, playline or artist, with an all-vinyl or all-anything construct and MADE IN AMERICA is a rarity these days.
Recent shortcuts in artist doll manufacture in addition to cheap off-shore labor has diminished the doll quality collectors often took for granted 20+ years ago when Buttercup was made. Many doll artists and manufacturers have opted to lower the cost of production thereby increasing profits by using non-American labor. Unfortunately, the consumer suffers twofold: the savings from cheap labor have not been shared and the quality of the product often suffers resulting from inferior materials and craftsmanship. But we, doll-addicted collectors, continue to consume. Stepping off my soapbox...
I am happy I ruled out selling Buttercup after contemplating doing so in early 2012 when I began finding new homes for many of my older artist dolls. Had I done so, her long-time best doll friend forever and display companion, Molly, who had not been one I had considered selling, would probably look out of place here.
Buttercup and Molly (the doll in pink standing next to Buttercup) can be seen among other dolls in the following photo, taken after Buttercup was redressed in her so-fresh and so-clean fashion, socks, and shoes.
|Buttercup and Molly, the center dolls, are happy to remain on display together and plan on doing so for another 20+ years.|
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