Stunning, original, handmade works of art, Friedericy Art Dolls are one-of-a-kind, wax-over-porcelain art dolls. Always unique because every doll is hand sculpted by Judith Friedericy. Then each figure is painted, wigged, dipped in wax, costumed in fine fabric, again by hand, by Lucia Friedericy. The doll bodies are stuffed with muslin. The neck, head, arms, and legs are wax over porcelain. They are attached to the body with stuffed muslin and have poseable wire armature. Often the clothes are made from unique vintage fabric and elaborately embellished and are stitched onto the dolls and are not removable. The hair is usually made from genuine mohair.
The collaboration of the Friedericy family in doll-making has its origin and continued inspiration in the teamwork of Lucia Friedericy and her brother John, an acclaimed sculptor, painter, and lithographer. After John's untimely passing in 1990, their mother Judith Friedericy lent her sculpting talents to the collaboration-and a family tradition was preserved. Judith and Lucia Friedericy have been making unique dolls since the '80s. The mother; Judith, the sculptor, and daughter, Lucia, costumer have fierce and dedicated fans. Lucia once worked as an award winning costume designer for Hollywood. As artists, they have won many awards, and have been written up in many collector's publications. They live in California.
Their dolls have been collected by celebrities and exclusive collectors alike. The whimsical expressions, unique costumes, and props that often come with the dolls set them apart from other doll designers. They have delighted collectors world wide. They are considered works of art. Prized by collectors, the only way to get their older dolls are through collectors willing to part with them. They have a select few of Limited Edition dolls, which were strictly quality controlled by the Friedericy family.
Judith and Lucia have created several larger dioramas themed with classic tales such as Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Fascinating both in design and in detail, they make a dynamic centerpiece to any home. Theatrical characters, mythical figures, children's heroes and heroines-these are the inspiration of the classic Friedericy Doll.
Featured in the May 2001 DOLLREADER magazine The article states: "Lucia and Judith Friedericy's porcelain dolls glow with the gentle light of genius."