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Waiting for the Spring

by Maria Jose Santos and Cristina Noriega

The price of the doll, chair included, is 3600 €

1/12 scale

Description: A woman in her wooden throne waits impatiently. She is Demeter, the Greek goddess of harvest and the carrier of seasons. The arrival of her dear daughter Persephone from the underworld will bring into her life joy and relief, making the goddess spread the spring over the Earth.

This is our interpretation of a beautiful story in the Greek mythology. Our aesthetical inspiration takes elements from the art in the beginning of 20th century, including Art Noveau and Art Deco styles. Byzantine Heads and illustrations by Alfons Mucha, works by artist Louis Theophile Hingre, decorative details from Art Noveau furniture and the most free and creative fashion ideas of that period. The entire piece is enriched with elements referring to Demeter’s myth iconography.

Demeter was intimately associated with the seasons. Her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades to be his wife in the underworld. In her anger at her daughter's loss, Demeter laid a curse on the world that caused plants to wither and die, and the land to become desolate. Zeus, alarmed for the barren earth, sought for Persephone's return. However, since Persephone had eaten four pomegranate seeds in the underworld, Zeus determined that she would spend four months each year in the Underworld. During these months Demeter would grieve for her daughter's absence, withdrawing her gifts from the world, creating the winter. Her return will bring the spring.

Using the classical techniques of cabinetmaking, the armchair, made out of pear wood by Cristina Noriega, is carved by hand with floral motifs: poppies, daffodils, pomegranate flowers and wheat spikes, symbolic plants in Demeter’s myth. The chair structure, with a huge round back made in one piece, is inspired on the wicker “peacock chair”, so popular in the early twentieth century. The edge of the back, decorated with geometrical designs, forms an aureole that surrounds the goddess’ head, resembling women’s figures created by Alfons Mucha. At the front part of the chair, a couple nymphs offer flowers and spring fruits.

The doll is a porcelain figure in a fantasy costume made out of taffeta silk, trimmed with silk embroideries and appliques of flowers. Her siren-shaped gown, late Art Deco Style, consists of a bias-cut skirt and a halter neck blouse. The background color of the dress, a fade between white and ice blue, symbolizes the winter and it’s sprinkled at the skirt bottom with colorful flowers that signal the arrival of the Spring, climbing up and filling with color the pale shades of the winter: poppies, roses, gerbera flowers, daisies, bellflowers, cherry blossoms and green leaves; a total of 400 hand-made appliques made out of silk with different textures of shine.

Detemer’s diadem is a 1920’s style headband inspired in the gold leaves jewelry from the Hellenistic period.