The Gondolier & Contadina

The first pieces in the charming series of costumed dolls and animal characters from Around the World were 2 delightful mice from Italy. "The Gondolier" was introduced at a special ticketed meal event "The Canals of Venice" which took place at the fourth annual R. John Wright Convention. His female companion, "Contadina", was available for order. Both mice were made in an extremely small edition of 100 pieces.

Measuring a diminutive 3" tall, both The Gondolier and Contadina are made of the finest mohair plush and jointed at the neck and shoulders, They feature realistic coloring, hand embroidered features, black glass eyes, inset whiskers, resin hands and feet, and leather tails.

Inspired by the traditional costume of the Oarsmen of Venice, The Gondolier is outfitted in a striped cotton jersey shirt, jaunty red silk tie, and tiny boater hat made of natural straw with a matching silk hatband. He has a debonair felt moustache and comes holding his handmade wooden oar.

Contadina - a flirtatous Italian peasant girl - wears an elaborate costume with separate sleeves. The laced bodice is followed by a triple-tiered skirt of silk, striped pima cotton, and fine Val lace imported from France. Silk trims, a fetching molded felt hat, and fabric-covered high heel slippers complete her period ensemble. Together, the Gondolier and Contadina make the perfect romantic couple! Each mouse will come inside a deluxe RJW presentation box with the accompanying signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration.

DIRECT PURCHASE: This particular set of The Gondolier & Contadina is number five of only five ARTIST PROOFS made and comes directly from the R. John Wright archives in pristine as-new condition. The purchase price of $1,500.00 includes shipping & insurance in the domestic United States. [For overseas shipping rates, contact the RJW office.]

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