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A Recent History of Award-Winning Collectible Dolls from The Ashton-Drake Galleries

January 31, 2018 , In: Behind the Scenes, Featured Story , With: 2 Comments
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After Ava swept the DOLLS Awards of Excellence in 2017, by capturing both the Industry Choice and the Public’s Choice collectible baby doll category honor, I was curious about our previous award winners. So I did a little research.

Did you know, over the past four years, 14 of our dolls have won the Industry Choice designation bestowed by the DOLLS Awards of Excellence? And of those 14 dolls, three have gone on to win the Public’s Choice award as well. What an incredible honor. Just so you know, every single one of us here at The Ashton-Drake Galleries is thankful for your support.

To celebrate, we put together a virtual hall of fame! Come tour it with us as we explore a few of our beloved award-winners.

2017
Linda Murray “Ava” Collectible Baby Doll
Industry Choice, Public’s Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible baby doll
Ava immediately captured our hearts with her sweetly pudgy arms and legs and adoring blue eyes. This Collector’s Edition doll is handcrafted of soft TrueTouch™ silicone to look and feel like real life, perfectly capturing the details of Master Doll Artist Linda Murray’s original sculpting.

Pictured below: Linda Murray Ava Collectible Baby Doll

Ava Collectible Doll

Marissa May “Perfect in Pink Annika” Lifelike Baby Girl Doll
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible baby doll
This adorable 18-inch long baby doll captures every nuance of Master Doll Artist Marissa May’s original sculpt, from her tiny button nose to her lightly clenched hands. She’s poseable and weighted, so she feels incredibly real in your arms.

Pictured below: Marissa May “Perfect in Pink Annika” Lifelike Baby Girl Doll

Annika Collectible Doll

Cindy McClure “Mirella” Porcelain Gypsy Bride Doll
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible adult fashion doll
This gorgeous gypsy bride wears a spectacular wedding gown featuring a lace appliqued bodice generously adorned with pearlescent beads, shimmering sequins and dozens of twinkling Swarovski® crystals. Sculpted by Master Doll Artist Cindy McClure, Mirella is beautifully handcrafted of the finest bisque porcelain.

Pictured below: Cindy McClure “Mirella” Porcelain Gypsy Bride Doll

Sandra Bilotto “Titania Queen of the Fairies” Porcelain Doll
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible fantasy-themed doll
Inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Titania, Queen of the Fairies, is regally dressed in a glorious, hand-tailored satin gown with a glittering taffeta overskirt. Fine bisque porcelain perfectly captures every detail of stunning forest magic.

Pictured below: Sandra Bilotto “Titania Queen of the Fairies” Porcelain Doll


2016
Beauty and the Beast Illuminated Fantasy Sculpture
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible fantasy-themed doll
This Collector’s Edition illuminated fantasy sculpture captures the unbreakable bond between a royal, raven-haired princess and her fierce red dragon. This exclusive piece utilizes an exciting technique that seems to “pull” the fully sculpted dragon right out of the illuminated stained glass-style window.

Pictured below: Beauty and the Beast Illuminated Fantasy Sculpture


 

Linda Murray “You Are So Beautiful” Lifelike Baby Doll
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible baby doll
Sculpted by award-winning Master Doll Artist Linda Murray, this incredible baby doll is abundant in artisan details and delightful accessories. Handcrafted out of velvety soft RealTouch® vinyl, with hand-painted featured and a weighted body, this Signature Edition Doll features an embroidered ecru organza and blue cotton dress, lacy bloomers, knit slippers and a floral headband.

Pictured below: Linda Murray “You Are So Beautiful” Lifelike Baby Doll


2015
Welcome Home, Kitty
Industry Choice, Public’s Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible child doll 
This charming, poseable doll will capture your heart with her beautiful, heart-felt smile and delighted blue eyes. Sculpted by Award-Winning Doll Artist Jane Bradbury, this adorable child hugs a darling little kitty. The scene is so sweet, you can almost imagine this loving child asking, “Can I keep her?”

Pictured below: Welcome Home, Kitty

Love So Precious Bride Doll
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible fashion doll
Sculpted by Master Doll Artist Cindy McClure, this gorgeous bisque porcelain doll was inspired by the story of a stunning heirloom rose gold engagement ring brought from Russia in the 1800s. The beautiful bride wears a hand-tailored ensemble that emulates couture design, with a decollete bodice, cap sleeves, a keyhole back, ecru tulle and lush embroidered details.

Pictured below: Love So Precious Bride Doll

Expressions of the Soul Fantasy Doll
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible fantasy-themed doll
This glorious heavenly beauty is the vision of two artists: acclaimed fantasy artist Nene Thomas and award-winning Master Doll Artist Renata Jansen. Her flowing locks of silken hair, delicate features and graceful wings are perfectly captured in collector-quality artist’s resin. Touch a button, and she’ll play ethereal violin music, sure to soothe your soul.

Pictured below: Expressions of the Soul Fantasy Doll

Savana Baby Doll
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible baby doll
Savana is so special to us, because she was our first So Truly Real® baby doll inspired by the winner of The Ashton-Drake Galleries first-annual Such a Doll!™ Baby Photo Contest. Master Doll Artist Ping Lau sculpted Savana from a photo submitted by her proud grandma, perfectly capturing her heart-melting smile and sweet button nose.

Pictured below: Savana Baby Doll

2014
Abby Rose Baby Doll
Industry Choice, People’s Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible baby doll
Sculpted by award-winning doll artist Marisa May, Abby Rose is quite possibly the cutest, tiniest newborn baby doll you’ve ever held. From her wispy baby hair down to her tiny little toes, she is sure to capture your heart.

Pictured below: Abby Rose Baby Doll

Sunshine and Lollipops Child Doll
Industry Choice, People’s Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible child doll
This poseable little girl doll shines with personality! Sunshine and Lollipops was award-winning doll artist Jane Bradbury’s Ashton-Drake Galleries debut, and it was a winner. Bright warm smile and sparkly eyes, this irresistible doll is handcrafted in artist’s resin and hand-painted to perfectly reflect her sunny disposition.

Pictured below: Sunshine and Lollipops Child Doll

Prince George of Cambridge
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible baby doll
On July 22, 2013, the birth of Prince George of Cambridge delighted royal watchers across generations. Sculpted by Master Doll Artist Fiorenza Biancheri, this lifelike 20-inch doll is handcrafted in fine bisque porcelain, and wears a gorgeous flowing gown beautifully fashioned from rich lace, soft chiffon and satin ribbon. There are very limited quantities of this commemorative doll left, hopefully you’ll be able to add this award-winner to your collection soon!

Pictured below: Prince George of Cambridge

Michelle Obama Portrait Doll
Industry Choice, DOLLS Awards of Excellence collectible fashion doll
This beautiful portrait doll honors former First Lady, Michelle Obama. This stunning doll captures the style and grace that Michelle Obama brought to the White House, featuring a replica of the First Lady’s stunning red chiffon 2013 Inaugural Ball gown. The doll even recreates the sparkling elegance of her ensemble with shimmering Swarovski® crystals on her ring, bangle bracelets, and the custom ring at the neckline of her gown. This gorgeous doll is a part of history, and we’re so glad it too was an award-winner.

Pictured below: Michelle Obama Portrait Doll

    • Barbara Thomas
    • February 5, 2018
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    I would like to submit my grandsons picture to see if he could win to be one entries for the dolls contest.

    • Marina
    • February 7, 2018
    Reply

    We love the doll! Bought for a birthday! Made a video with the unboxing of the doll. here is the reference https://youtu.be/hd5Hh3PiIto

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Welcome to the Ashton-Drake Galleries Blog! Join me in celebrating the joys of doll collecting, from sweet baby dolls to portrait dolls and more, each lovingly created by acclaimed Master Doll Artists. I'll also be sharing useful tips for caring for your Ashton-Drake dolls and more. Stay tuned!