Beatrix Potter was a lover of nature as much as she was an artist. As a child, her first artistic attempts were realistic portrayals of animals and natural life around her. Her classic watercolors were deeply rooted in years of observation of the natural world.

For R. John Wright Dolls, the creation of characters from Potter's diminutive books was the first opportunity to attempt a more realistic treatment of animals. In the tradition of Steiff, the English Deanšs Rag Book and other important early toy makers, they turned to mohair to render her appealingly naughty characters such as Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Tom Kitten.

By the time Beatrix Potter started writing The Tale of Tom Kitten, she had owned Hill Top Farm, in the English Lake District village of Sawrey, for a year. Both the house and garden are featured prominently in the story. The kittens romp through the garden's flowers to jump on the stone wall overlooking Sawrey, while inside we see the house's staircase and bedrooms rendered faithfully in pen and ink and watercolour. First published in 1907, Tom Kitten became one of Beatrix Potteršs most beloved books.

Tom Kitten's sister, Mittens (the orange-calico kitten at left in photo),is true in every detail to the original Potter illustrations. Approximately 10" tall, Mittens is fully jointed, and constructed of the finest custom-made mohair plush. This darling kitten features realistic airbrushed coloring, hand-embroidered detailing, felt paw pads, inset whiskers, and custom-made glass eyes. Mittens comes dressed in her finest delicate cotton batiste pinafore and tucker trimmed in Swiss embroidered lace. A unique, removable metal stand is built into the bottom of the kittens' feet so that they may be easily displayed standing.

Produced in a limited edition of 500 pieces each, Moppet™ and Mittens™ were sold individually. Each came enclosed in a custom-designed RJW presentation box with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration.

DIRECT PURCHASE: The Mittens offered here is the very low number 005 in the edition and comes directly from the R. John Wright archives in pristine as-new condition. The purchase price of $1,250.00 includes shipping & insurance in the domestic United States. [For overseas shipping rates, contact the RJW office.] SPECIAL NOTE: This is the last remaining Mittens in the RJW archives.

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