Dolls! Dolls! Cracked and weathered composition dolls, shabby 1920s boudoir dolls, haunted antique bisque dolls, eerily beautiful Asian Ball-Jointed dolls, lounging impishly in the Uncanny Valley. HAZE DOLLY: A tribute to weird and wonderful, artful and awful, adorable and spine-chilling dolls.
Richard Teschner (1879, Bohemia—1948, Vienna) made prints and illustrated books in turn-of-the-century Prague, hanging out with writers like Meyrink and Paul Leppin and exhibiting withHugo Steiner-Prag.
He finally settled in Vienna and devoted himself to the puppet theater. Brittanica says he “developed the artistic potentialities of the Javanese rod puppet for western puppet theatre.” I’ll keep digging! (For instance, someone needs to comb through this archive of his puppets.) [update: some photos of Teschner’s puppets here.]
Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962) was a millionaire heiress and Chicago society dame with a very unusual hobby for a woman raised according to the strictest standards of nineteenth century domestic life: investigating murder. And she did this through a most unexpected medium: dollhouse-like dioramas.