Red Clover Fairy

The R. John Wright Flower Fairies made their debut at a special ticketed dinner event held during the first R. John Wright convention in 2009. This important series broke new ground both artistically and technically and marked a major departure in the construction of R. John Wright dolls. In order to closely evoke the various poses of the Flower Fairy characters as depicted in the original Cicely Mary Barker illustrations, a completely new jointing system was devised. Each fairy has a hollow sculptural torso with an internal wood mechanism to connect the limbs and head. The ball & socket joints provided a far greater degree of movement then the former rotating disc method.

In addition to the jointing innovations, the scale of the fairies called for new limb molds in varied and expressive poses and incredibly tiny individually sewn and turned fingers. Techniques were also devised to produce Cicely Barker's botanically-exact flowers, leaves, and berries, in felt and fabric.

From Flower Fairies of the Wayside - The Red Clover Fairy is constructed of the finest all wool felt and measures just 8 1/2" tall - a perfect cabinet-size. Her facial features are delicately hand painted and she has a wig of the finest imported mohair. The lovely fairy wings are sewn of fine silk organza and are beautifully embossed and airbrushed.

The Red Clover Fairy is costumed per the original illustration by Cicely Mary Barker in a silk dress with felt leaves at the shoulders and a matching scarf tied at her chin. This lovely little sprite comes holding a detailed, realistic stalk of clover made entirely out of felt with delicate airbrushed coloration. Only the first 100 pieces in the edition - and the Artist Proofs - included an exclusive handcrafted RJW bee perched on the clover blossom!

Since the Red Clover is Vermont's state flower,The Red Clover Fairy was introduced at a special luncheon event held at the R. John Wright facility during our 2010 convention. Each came enclosed in an elegant RJW Flower Fairy presentation box with the accompanying signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration.

DIRECT PURCHASE: The Red Clover Fairy offered here is number three of only five Artist Proofs made and comes directly from 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, please contact the RJW office.]

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