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American Heritage Dolls


A Creole Lady of Spanish Descent

The Creole Lady, one definition is a native Louisianan of mixed blood with French or Spanish ancestry. Proud of her Creole heritage, she lived by a strict code of ethics. She was faithful to her religion and as a mother she fiercely protected her children, her family, her home, unmindful of self-sacrifice.  The Creole Lady Doll has auburn hair and brown eyes. She is dressed in a Victorian silk blouse and a gray wool bustle skirt. (Jewelry and fabric/prints may vary depending upon availability.) This doll stands 16 inches in height and is set on a hand-crafted wooden pedestal designed by Brian Bernard. She holds a hand-made parasol draped on her left hand. JoAnn's unique body design allows Jeannine to be positioned in various ways by bending her arms at the elbow joints. This feature adds to the life-like quality of the piece. Accompanying the character doll is a booklet and display card designed by JoAnn to include; the number of the piece, the inspirational sketch, a short bio, and a story about the character. All clay pieces are limited editions of 500. A numbered and signed Certificate of Authenticity is also provided with the character doll.

American Heritage Doll

"A Creole Lady "


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ŠJo Ann Bernard

JoAnn's Comments: The face of Jeannine was inspired by a portrait of my great-grandmother Olivia Robin, born on the bayou in Delacroix Island. She is named for her great-granddaughter Jeaninne Schmidt.

Louisiana Heritage Doll Collection 

by JoAnn Bernard

An original clay doll collection, for the doll collecting enthusiast

Original Dolls recreating Louisiana Life in the 1800's.  Learn about Louisiana Culture through this American Heritage Doll collection inspired by sketches, photographs and stories of the 1800's.  These lifelike handmade dolls have attached booklets and display cards with short historical essays about the character.  All dolls are reproduced in clay using JoAnn Bernard's plaster molds developed from her original doll designs. Doll wigs, clothing, dress designs, and props are all handmade by the artist.

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