Monday, April 9, 2018

Presenting Leontyne Grace by Frantz Brent-Harris

Doll box for 2018 WLBDA Club Doll, Leontyne Grace by Frantz Brent-Harris

In March 2017, my online doll group, We Love Black Dolls Anew, commissioned Jamaican-born Canadian doll artist, Frantz Brent-Harris of Sona dolls, to create our 2018 club doll.  The inspiration for asking Brent-Harris to create our doll was his 12-inch, full-figured resin doll, Monica.  Monica was initially created to include in one of his exhibitions, but because of intense interest in the doll, a limited edition was created.  I fell in love with Monica after seeing Facebook photos the artist shared and after reading Roxanne's blog post about her doll (the link to that post is provided at the end of this post).

To set our limited edition dolls apart from Monica, WLBDA members selected a medium brown complexion for our doll and requested a different head sculpt.  I asked that the hands be slightly more relaxed.  We also wanted a signed certificate of authenticity, a doll stand, and box.  Frantz complied with our wishes.  Everything else with regard to the doll's hairstyle, clothing, shoes, etc. was left to the artist's creative interpretation and remained a mystery for everyone except me* until the dolls were shipped and received by members.


*I had seen a few photos (as illustrated above) of the doll-in-progress and the final finished doll before they were shipped.


This is one of the photos the artist shared prior to shipping our dolls to us.

My reaction after seeing photos of the dolls prior to shipping is captured in a Facebook Messenger message to the artist:

I am blown away! She is gorgeous! Wow! I love the box, too. It's as classy appearing as the doll.
She is amazing!!!!!
I can hardly wait for my doll to arrive. I want to show these photos to the ladies, but I don't want to spoil the element of surprise. Wow, just wow! Can't wait to write a blog post about her.

By the end of the first week in April, everyone had received their doll and their reactions can be summed up in two words:  She's exquisite! 

Prior to receiving my doll, I also sent the following message to Frantz:

(I don't have a phrase for a doll artist who has outdone himself, but what we say to people who have cooked a very good dish, "You put your foot in it." (This must translate to a person putting their whole heart and soul into something they've done). You did that!

And he did!  So now please allow me to present some of the multiple photographs taken of my gorgeous, 12-inch, full-figured, resin beauty, Leontyne Grace (named by the artist after opera singer Leontyne Price and singer/super-model/actress Grace Jones):

Leontyne Grace wears a red and black houndstooth dress, belted at the waist with a wide black patent-leather belt, gold and black beaded necklace, and red stiletto pumps.

She definitely has curves, which she proudly shows off in the above and next photo.

Leontyne Grace is articulated at the usual five points.  Her head, arms, and legs and strung.

Leontyne Grace has a beautiful face that expresses an air of confidence.  She wears a removable custom-made wig made from super soft, curly fibers.  This lovely doll has beautifully-painted arched eyebrows and brown eyes that seem to see through you and beckon recognition. Her dark lip color complements her sepia complexion. 
Without her wig, Leontyne Grace is as lovely as she is wearing it, as illustrated in this photo and the next photos that were taken using different lighting.
Leontyne Grace is breathtakingly gorgeous!
With each doll is included a doll stand (not shown), a numbered, signed certificate of authenticity, shown here and a doll box, shown next.  While the certificate indicates there are 20 dolls, only 15 were made including the artist's proof.
The custom-designed, woodgrain-paper-covered doll box is personalized with the doll's name and the club's name.

I love Leontyne Grace.  I am very grateful that Frantz was able to accommodate our request to make our 2018 WLBDA Club Doll.

Read Roxanne's review of Martini Beach Monica here.  She is one of the 15 who owns Leontyne Grace and plans to write a blog review of her doll as well.

To contact Frantz Brent-Harris about his doll art, his email address is f_brentharris@yahoo.com.



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14 comments:

  1. Wow, she is absolutely amazing! Gorgeous doll! Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  2. Not sure how I missed out on this one, she' a winner.

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    1. Leontyne Grace is a club doll exclusive. She's a winner for me, too. Thanks!

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    2. Oh, I'm sorry. I don't recognize your Google ID. I don't know how you missed this one either. We always go through a process of selecting the artist with polls created for members to vote on specifics. Once everyone is in agreement (and I always give members at least a month or more to decide if they desire to purchase), I move the info about the club doll from the group to a private chat. This avoids cluttering the group posts with club doll posts. Maybe you were away from the group during the time we discussed/voted for this doll.

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    3. We choose a doll annually, usually at the end of the year or beginning of the year. We've already chosen the 2019 doll.

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  3. She is awesome! I enjoyed reading your post and viewing all of the photos of the dolls in progress. I'm enjoying my doll and really glad to have her in my collection. Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome, Roxanne. I'm glad you added Leontyne Grace to your collection. She and Monica will pair well together.

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  4. She is really gorgeous. Lucky you!

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  5. Awesome introduction to Leontyne Grace! She is gorgeous! I agree, the artist totally outdone himself on this one!! I love her! Two words...absolutely beautiful! The box is an added bonus.

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    1. Thanks, GG. I agree. The box and certificate of authenticity add to her exquisite appeal.

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