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  1. Don
    July 2, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    I was recently asked to repaint two statues that were repainted 30 years ago,
    its the girl you have and a boy they are a set

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  2. Don
    July 2, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

    they are atleast 100 years old , in Louisiana

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  3. DogsDontPurr
    November 16, 2014 @ 4:00 am

    I have been slowly reading through all your posts. (Found you through The Bloggess.) And OMG!, I think we were separated at birth or something. We are definitely kindred spirits!

    I’ve had an antique/vintage store for many years now…but I have a hard time parting with anything. For the most part, I don’t sell the kind of stuff you tend to look for, but I do keep those kind of giant things for myself. (You can check out some of my shop here: http://marinedriveantiques.com)

    And I totally don’t mean to use this comment for my own sales or anything. Trust me, I really have a hard time parting with anything, which is why one of my slogans is: “Never Open!”

    Anyway….I just wanted to say that I sooo love your blog and your humor. Thank you for sharing your crazy journey. Love it! I know we would be fast friends.

    ~Marcie

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  4. christal
    December 15, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

    I just came across this blog & was wondering if you ever found out any more info on this statue because I have inherited 1 myself.. His name has always been Charlie & all the kids from the time my mother was little have always feed poor charlie his own boogers.. Any info would be great. Thanks
    Christal

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  5. Pauline
    June 20, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    I will love you EVEN MORE had this page shown the dolls?!

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  6. Laura
    August 10, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

    OHMYGOD the dolls are fantastical and look great as a grouping!!! Brian is a genius! You are so lucky – my neighbors have WalMart lawn ornaments and let their dog poop in our yard. Wanna trade?

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  7. Marissa smith
    August 25, 2016 @ 12:18 am

    Not sure how I stumbled across this site. I have one of these, it’s from my moms antique store. I’d love to send you a picture:

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  8. Vickie H.
    January 24, 2017 @ 11:45 am

    oh wow! Since your original post is almost 5 years old I have NO IDEA if you will even SEE my comment! I am so in love with those dolls I think you might need to update your security system, just in case……..I should warn you that I own a mini-van, can afford to drive there and I have several pry/crow bars that would enable me to gain access!!! They are so dang cute! BRYAN IS THE BOMB!!!! You lucky, lucky girl! A dear friend and I have shared similar conversations about these types of dolls….I covet them like mad and he has one similar…..also, I found a photograph of one that was done by CHANEL (!) and sent it to him since he oversees the CHANEL Boutique in Beverly Hills! He said he has wanted one of the CHANEL dolls FOREVER but they are not to be had!!! I haven’t googled them, but you might try, just to see what you find. I know I can locate the picture I sent him if you are interested. Could you will yours to me?….I wouldn’t want them to fall into the wrong hands…..oh, and he named the little Asian doll that he owns “Kim”….which I love! Keep blogging…..you are on to something….

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  9. Marian Dunham
    July 16, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

    I, like you, tried to find information on my acquisition. I have the male equivalent to your darling girls.
    I found mine in an antique store in Hillsboro, OR and fell in love with it and all it’s flaws. Mine has been glued back together by someone who probably loved him as much as I do. I’m going to get some spackle or something and fill in any cracks and broken parts and then painstakingly match paint only where needed. My little fellow is almost golden in skin tone. I love your geisha look but he’ll remain the color I found on him. Love, love him and he can only get better.

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  10. Mary S
    January 20, 2018 @ 12:07 am

    I was so intrigued by your story for these dolls and the comments saying they are a pair that I wanted to see what the but looks like, and I found this listing with the pair on eBay:

    https://m.ebay.ca/itm/RARE-Antique-Vintage-ESTHER-HUNT-STYLE-Chalkware-Statues-ASIAN-BOY-GIRL-/152865282710?nav=SEARCH

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  11. Joy
    March 6, 2018 @ 11:17 pm

    I have an original signed by Peretti however mine looks sad. Just curious if you ever gained more knowledge of her? I think it was produced in NY by Ray Peretti who started a school for ceramics. I was able to google that much.

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  12. Eli
    March 28, 2018 @ 8:45 pm

    I think I might have found an original .

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  13. Lisa
    May 7, 2018 @ 10:10 pm

    Hello, I have one of these chalkware dolls that belonged to my grandmother. I have searched the internet multiple times & this is the first time I have seen anything about it! Thank you for sharing. My grandmother always referred to it as her “radio doll” as it sat at the base of her radio.

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  14. Ruth Clanin
    July 7, 2018 @ 4:11 pm

    I am so glad to find your site and comments. In the early 1950s my grandfather found an Asian doll in the trash in China Town, San Francisco and brought it home to me, his first grandchild. I have treasured my China doll and a few years ago had it repainted by an artist friend of mine. This is the first time I’ve seen any information on the chalk dolls.

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  15. John Kilborn
    November 8, 2018 @ 6:12 pm

    Firstly, I love your writing style, deliciously funny. You are a true Maximalist and its a delight to read your quests for the grand and unusual. How I got to your blog is a story in itself. About 6 weeks ago I was in a pickers shed in Brisbane Australia and my eyes were drawn to two wistful figurines. Yep, they were a girl (like yours) and a boy. Not only their facial expressions but the fact that they seemed to be painted in 1930’s pastel colours grabbed my eye. This opens a pandoras box of worms for me, (thats where I keep my earthworms… in a pandoras box) , how did these chalk dolls end up in Australia?, they seem too heavy and bulky to carny items?, and who made them???
    I will send pictures of them shortly… although I have little problem, my wife does not know I have bought them and she is the holder of our mobile phone camera.
    So I’m forced to hide them in the garage and bring them in the house when my beloved is away at work. Once I have summoned up the courage to fess up to her (and you, Victoria will be a big part of my justification for buying them , blog and all) pictures will follow.

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