|Yoromong and Ami by Philip Heath, 1992|
I have been aware of this 24-inch brother and sister pair for several years but did not begin a secondary-market search for them until approximately a year ago. They have frequently been offered on eBay usually as a pair but also in single-doll auctions. Past previous both-doll auction prices were always more than I desired to pay, until the ones that were supposed to be mine were offered.
Ami is missing the her water gourd that should be held on a string wrapped around her neck. Yoromong is missing his wooden staff. Their boxes (which I did not want) and certificates of authenticity did not accompany them.
Minus the price I paid, my Excel Doll Inventory spread sheet entry for this pair is copied below. The columns are for month of purchase, manufacturer/artist's name, doll(s) name(s), and description:
|October||Philip Heath/Gotz/A World of Children Collection||Ami and Yoromong||24-inch vinyl (mostly) with cloth from waist to upper thighs and mid upper arms, brother and sister dolls: Ami is marked PSH/194-20 (on head) and PSH on back of shoulder plate. Yoromong's back marks are the same. His head is marked, 193-20/PSH. Yoromong has black molded hair. Ami has a black wig styled in ponytail with curly loose ends. Four braids extend from the hairline over her muslin headband, held with muslin tie. Both have brown stationary eyes with painted upper eyelashes. Ami wears a navy blue and black African print top, pants, and wrap skirt; off white gauze jacket; dark brown and tan beaded bracelet, leather cord necklace with coin/medal that reads on front: HUNG BOH LOMBEI VEN -1/4 FL 1859. Yoromong wears a navy blue and black African print jacket that matches the print of Ami's top, pants, and skirt; off white gauze balloon bottom pants, brown and tan anklet, added off-white bead bracelet , leather necklace with coin that reads on front: BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTCHLAND 1976; on back: 2 PFENNING. Both dolls have bare feet.|
|Tan beaded bracelet and anklet added by me.|
Both dolls had an original 1990s retail of $500.00 each. They usually sell for $350 for the pair on the secondary market based on condition. Ami alone has sold recently for $200. I paid less than this for my pair, including shipping.
About Philip Heath (from the Dollery website, revised, updated: "Philip was a master at capturing a child's heart and soul. All his dolls were sculpted after real children... He sculpted for Gotz for quite a few years, who in turn produced his dolls in vinyl. They started at $500.00 and ended up around $2,000 at the end. He often sculpted a child after a real child seen in his travels... Philip decided to leave Gotz in 2000 and explore other avenues. In 2001 he opened his own company." Heath, age 62, died November 28, 2011, in Worcestershire, United Kingdom.
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