When we turned our attention to Walt Disney's second full-length animated film - and arguably his best - almost immediately it was clear that while the medium of felt would be wonderful for Geppetto, in the interests of fidelity, it would be essential that Pinocchio be made out of wood. This challenge was met with a historic collaboration between R. John Wright and the renowned ANRI Company in Italy - which has been in the same family for four generations specializing in beautifully carved wood creche sets, religious statues, and decorative figurines.
After extensive research at the Disney Archives, the RJW model of Pinocchio was finalized in wax in the R. John Wright studio and the parts were sent to ANRI for replication in wood. The carved wooden dolls were then sent to the R. John Wright facility for completion.
Measuring approximately 9" tall, the RJW Pinocchio is made of fine Alpine maple. He is fully jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees for expressive posing. With carefully hand painted facial features and a meticulously hand-knotted mohair wig, he wears his trademark costume tailored of the finest all-wool felt. Every shade and detail has been extensively researched at the Disney Archives to make this the most authentic Pinocchio ever made. This was the very first of the RJW Pinocchios as they pre-dated the Geppetto/Pinocchio sets.
Pinocchio was enthusiastically received by R. John Wright fans as well as collectors of Disneyana and was produced in a limited edition of 500 pieces which sold out prior to shipment. The Little Wooden Head came enclosed in a RJW presentation box with a wrist booklet, a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity, and the forms for owner registration.
DIRECT PURCHASE: The Pinocchio offered here is the low number 018 in the edition and comes directly from the R. John Wright archives in pristine as-new condition. The purchase price of $1,850.00 includes shipping & insurance in the domestic United States. [For overseas shipping rates, please contact the RJW office.] SPECIAL NOTE: This is the only remaining Pinocchio available from the R. John Wright archives.
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