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THE SONG OF THE LAVENDER FAIRY
"Lavender's blue, diddle diddle" -
So goes the song:
All round her bush, diddle diddle,
(They love her well, diddle diddle,
So do the bees;)
While she herself, diddle diddle,
Sways in the breeze!
"Lavender's blue, diddle diddle,
She'll scent the clothes, diddle diddle,
Put away clean -
Clean from the wash, diddle diddle,
Hanky and sheet;
Lavender's spikes, diddle diddle,
Make them all sweet!
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 Garden - The Lavender Fairy™ is constructed of the finest all wool felt and measures 11 1/2" tall. Her facial features are delicately hand painted and she has a wig of the finest imported mohair. Her lovely fairy wings are sewn of fine silk organza and delicately hand colored.
The Lavender Fairy™ is costumed per the original illustration by Cicely Mary Barker in a dress with a bodice of silk crepe and a felt petal skirt with a band of tiny felt blossoms circling the drop waist. She comes holding a detailed, realistic stalk of Lavender made out of felt and silk crepe fabrics. Alighting on the blossoms is a tiny white butterfly made of organdy and felt.
The Lavender Fairy™ was produced in an edition of 250 pieces worldwide. 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.
The The Lavender 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 online purchase price includes shipping and insurance in the domestic United States. For overseas shipping rates, please contact the RJW office. You may also place your order request via phone at 1-802-447-7072. All orders are subject to availability.
THE FLOWER FAIRIES™
©The Estate of Cicely Mary Barker, 2010
Licensed by Fredrick Warne & Co.