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Saturday, 21 December 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS - (and dolls from Korea and France)


MERRY CHRISTMAS
TO ALL MY FRIENDS 
AND FOLLOWERS.
It's Christmas time again.  Doesn't it come round quickly?
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.
At this busy time of the year we can remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Let us also spare a thought for all the lonely people who are on their own, because it is of course a very lonely time for them.
Have a really good Christmas!
THE THREE WISE MEN
 Today I am adding just a couple of dolls from KOREA and also a doll from FRANCE.  These can also be seen on my website, together with a little information..
KOREA - (pair of scholar dolls)
(Website Id:  Asia - Korea - 008 and 008A)
 KOREA - (pair of wedding dolls)
(Website Id:  Asia - Korea - 009 and 009A)
 FRANCE - (Alsace region)
(Website Id:  Europe - France - 0012 and 0012A)
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The little hanging Christmas tree ornament below, was hand carved in POLAND.
HAND CARVED CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT  
It was made by JAN ZIEDER who is a member of Zakopane Circle of the Association of Folk Artists.   He specialises in sculpting figures of Saints, Christmas cribs and little decorative people.  He uses apple tree, pear tree, linden, larch and oak wood.  Many of his works are on display in museums or private collections in Europe, Japan, Australia, Sri Lanka, Argentina and Brazil.  He is self-taught and was born and brought up in Chocholow in Podhale, Poland.  He learnt wood carving in his early childhood by watching old masters working in his village.  He has a private museum of folk art in his home, next to his workshop.  He collects old furniture, tools, kitchen utensils, paintings, clocks, old furniture, clothes and sculptures by late artists from Chocholow and its surroundings.
I purchased this ornament from him in his workshop in Chocholaw in 2009.
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CHRISTMAS SCENE - (He's arrived!)
made by me in 2000
(Website Id: (Dioramas) Europe - Wales - 0010, 0010A and 0010B) 
 WHAT'S HAPPENED THERE?
The little dog I made to go in the Christmas scene
Enjoy your Christmas !
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