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Historical dolls of Olina Ventsel

Historical dolls of Olina Ventsel. Nicholas II of Russia and his family

Nicholas II of Russia and his family. Historical dolls of Olina Ventsel, Russian artist from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia

Historical dolls of Olina Ventsel
Russian Theater and cinema artist, recognized doll-maker Olina Dmitrievna Ventsel (December 2, 1938 – November 17, 2007) was born in Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Ventsel was one of the most famous and acclaimed artists and puppeteers. For a long time Olina worked as an Art Director on historical costume in the theaters and film studios. She created porcelain dolls in historical costume since 1986. Her art works are highly appreciated not only in Russia but also abroad. About 150 copyright porcelain dolls of Olina Ventsel are stored in galleries, museums in Moscow, Amsterdam, New York, Venice, Paris, Copenhagen, as well as in private collections of Mireille Mathieu, Paul McCartney, Queen of Denmark Margrette II.

Masquerade of historical dolls by Olina Ventsel

Beautiful Masquerade of historical dolls by Olina Ventsel

Olina Ventsel’s unique author’s porcelain dolls reveal amazing world based on Russian history and its characters. The set of beautiful dolls on themes “The Pushkin Ball”, “The Romanovs Dynasty”, theatrical compositions based on Shakespeare’s plays, dolls created on the basis of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tales, Venetian carnival are real masterpieces of arts and crafts by talented artist Olina Ventsel.

Masquerade of historical dolls by Olina Ventsel

The dolls of the Pushkin ball. Masquerade of historical dolls by Olina Ventsel

In the process of making historical dolls she religiously followed the historical precision: used antique fabrics, laces and accessories relevant to the epoch in the fashion of which doll clothing were made. The dolls of “The Pushkin Ball” were exhibited in May 2007 in Moscow, at the Russian Culture Foundation, State Pushkin Museum, and Central House of Artists, right on the 200th anniversary of a great Russian poet A.S. Pushkin. The exhibition was a great success.

Masquerade of historical dolls by Olina Ventsel

In the palace. Masquerade of historical dolls by Olina Ventsel

Anna Karenina and Scheherazade, Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin and Winston Churchill. Contemplation of Ventsel’s dolls is like reading fairy-tales. And one cannot but love fairy-tales! It was the charm of Olina Dmitrievna that motivated opening of dolls gallery and share their light and joy.

Masquerade of historical dolls by Olina Ventsel

At the ball. Masquerade of historical dolls by Olina Ventsel

Collection Russian monarchs. The Romanov Dynasty – an unprecedented event in the history of arts and crafts, when dolls portray not only genuine historical persons, but a whole dynasty. Among the porcelain “persons” – Empress Catherine II, Emperor Peter I, family of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, as well as the contemporary Romanovs from different European countries.

Masquerade of historical dolls by Olina Ventsel

Children waiting for Christmas. Photo by Olina Ventsel

The uniqueness of the collection is that every item is made in a single copy by hand, made of porcelain, exclusive material, difficult and complicated work – antique lace, fur, embroidery with beads and pearls.

Historical dolls of Olina Ventsel

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