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20 hours, 38 minutes ago 5
Posted in: Video

Dot Your Eyes.

The Madame de Pompadour auction is ending today! http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/332049437633?

The third video of Madame de Pompadour being created. After seeing the doll be engraved, and the tattoos filled with ink, it is time for Madame P to open her eyes.

Music: Blues for Slick McWolf by SLIKK TIM

Part 1: vimeo.com/192203045
Part 2: vimeo.com/192716389
Part 3: vimeo.com/194407308

5 days, 16 hours ago 6
Posted in: New Doll

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The auction is live: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/332049437633

It will run for 5 days as 4 days was not an option. The ending will be Monday, 4:50PM PST (GMT -8)

 

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1 week, 4 days ago 4
Posted in: New Doll

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The Madame de Pompadour Ebay auction is almost here (Nov 30-Dec 3) and if you are planning on bidding it’s a good idea to make sure your account is ready. In previous auctions we have heard from bidders that Ebay limited the amount they could bid, causing them to not win the auction. This could be because the account is new and making large bids right away, or a sudden change in an accounts bid pattern, or something else that could trigger an automatic limit from Ebay.

Ebay has some steps that can help, like verifying the account and/or adding a credit card to the account.

Best to get this stuff out of the way now rather than when the clock is ticking down.

If you have any questions about the auction, you can email us at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com

1 week, 6 days ago 10

Here’s the second video in Madame de Pompadour’s creation series, showing how her tattoos got their colours.

Music: Music: IV. Vivace by Gavin Gamboa

You can view the video in HD on vimeo

2 weeks, 1 day ago 7

…For Madame de Pompadour. This chair is included in the upcoming auction of Madame de Pompadour Nov 30th-Dec 1st. Check out how I made it.

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2 weeks, 3 days ago 8
Posted in: Video

The first short video showing the engraving process for Madame de Pompadour’s complex tattoos. Music: Am-Trans by Podington Bear

The next video will feature the painting stage of the doll.

You can view the video in HD on vimeo

2 weeks, 5 days ago 8

Madame de Pompadour is probably my most photogenic creation. This lovely creature doesn’t seem to have a bad angle or a pose. The camera loves her! It was a joy to photograph her. Here is what her back looks like.

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The weird thing is that I didn’t find the wasp nest until just a couple of weeks ago, while the queen-bee tattoo was conceived and engraved months ago. It was a very fortunate chance find, that suits the theme of the doll perfectly. Opportunities present themselves when we are open to them!

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A film about the making of this doll is coming up next. The auction starts on November 30th.

4 weeks ago 20

… this doll! The lovely Madame de Pompadour!

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And it’s not just her alone. She comes with a set of precious, hand made playing accessories. Let me tell you about them all.

To begin with we have these tiny 24k gold-plated hair combs with 7 Ruby stones between them. I made the three combs in the French fashion by hand out of Bronze, while the little ships were found antique Sterling Silver brooches. I had repurposed them into hair accessories for Madame de Pompadour’s three (3) interchangeable, magnetic wigs!

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The first, is this Formal Court wig made from natural silk fibre and varnished in place over a hollow foam frame. Don’t let the size fool you – this wig is ultra light, weighing only 66 grams (2.3 ounces)! It stays on the doll with just one little magnet. I’m really proud of this one, so proud in fact, that I had made a special glass display case for it… and then engraved it for good measure. Why? Because…why not?

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Then there is this ‘casual’ wig that was inspired by Francis Boucher’s 1756 portrait of Madame de pompadour. Simple, light and lovely, it’s made from the softest Angora fibre and sewed into a permanent ringlet style with tiny antique silk flowers and ribbons.

The third, is the long wig seen in the first photo. Made from snow white natural Mohair, it is loose and long for styling, brushing, braiding, curling and playing.

The next accessory, is this lovely pin cushion arm chair made with a wooden candle holder from Michael’s (!!!) and rose Indian silk. The golden metal threads in the silk catch the light and echo the gold ships in the wig! The architectural chair topper is fretted out with a hand saw from a thin sheet of pine, in the style of Art Nouveau.

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Madame de Pompadour also comes with a pair of 14k gold-plated and enamelled shoes, a pair of pearl earrings, a heavy steel stand, a bouquet of antique silk flowers and of course, a beautiful custom tin box.

All in all, there are 16 separate accessories for this very special doll. The auction is 3 weeks away, on November 30th-December 3rd. Get ready!

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1 month, 2 weeks ago 17
Posted in: New Doll

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Madame de Pompadour is remembered today primarily for being a chief mistress and a life-long companion to the King Louis the 15th of France, but she was also a truly remarkable, influential, and accomplished woman in her own right. In fact, she was such a sophisticated and influential trendsetter that her keen sense of taste and aesthetic helped shape the Rococo and Neo-classical styles, and transform Paris into a fashion capital of the world.

I was particularly compelled to make Madame de Pompadour into a porcelain doll because she shared my passion for porcelain and worked hard to revive, establish, and promote porcelain manufacturing in France and greater Europe. I feel a keen sense of gratitude for her contribution to this art form through her patronage and commitment, and believe that her efforts 250 years ago might have made my own career possible today.

There is a beautiful shade of Sevres porcelain named lovingly in her honour – Rose Pompadour.

I too wanted to honour this great woman by creating her portrait in a medium she had loved so much. I believe she would have enjoyed seeing herself as a porcelain doll.

She is my Rose Pompadour.

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Madame de Pompadour will be auctioned off on ebay November 30th-December 3rd. Get ready!

 

1 month, 2 weeks ago 44
Posted in: New Doll

Hey-ya everybody! Oh boy, I sure missed you guys! It’s been six months since my last blogging.

I’m finally back with a long-awaited, new porcelain doll! You’ve seen sneak peaks of her in progress before, but the time has come for you to finally see her in full! She will be sold at my annual Enchanted Doll auction November 30th-December 3rd.

So, without further ado let me present, my latest, one of a kind, heavily engraved, porcelain Enchanted Doll – Madame de Pompadour!

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Madame de Pompadour 2016

Engraved fine porcelain doll, China painting, 24k gold plating, Steels spring doll assembly, Antique Sterling Silver filigree ships, Cast bronze hair combs, Varnished Silk and Angora wig, Enamelled cast bronze shoes, 12 Rubies, 4 Freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Vintage millinery flowers, Silk, Wood, Steel. 

Size: Doll height 14.5″ (37cm), Wig height 5″ (13cm), Overall height 19″ (49cm). 

This doll will be auctioned off through ebay. Originally Madame de Pompadour was intended for the Luxford auction house in Hong Kong, but the timing of the auction didn’t work out this time around, so I decided to go with ebay on November 30th-December 3rd.

I’ll show you more photos and tell you more about this doll next week. In the meantime, please enjoy these and save the auction dates Wednesday, November 30th – Saturday, December 3rd, 2016!

Can’t wait to show you the rest.