"For anyone looking to broaden their existing collection - or starting to collect- I believe wood will continue to have a special place.... It may not be large , but it is an extension of the woodcarver's art. Xenis' work in this field is especially worth collecting for the long haul." - Ellen Sue Blakey, director of the Dancing Bear Folk Center Museum.
"I am always surprised at the beauty and craftmanship of each new Xenis doll. ...They are true artists, and I appreciate their talent and dedication." - Dolores Hurtt, director of The Theresa Neaves Memorial Doll Museum - the museum has a large Xenis collection.
From an article in Dolls Magazine by Alexander Boldizar
Yes Charlie arrived today and is unbelievable! What a joy to own. And speaking of JOYS, YES to Oliver as he is!!! I just love the little guy. I think he is a real winner. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with the new requests, they sound fabulous.
I received the Santa and he is WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL!!! Thank you so much for making him for me, and for shipping him so quickly. I have told you many times, but there is NOTHING on the market that compares to your art works....Again thanks so much, I love the Santa...
I absolutely LOVE Mrs. Claus - she's beautiful! I was thrilled to get her as a good-bye gift. The retirement party was a Christmas party ( my favourite holiday ) and a lot of fun!
Shakespeare arrived and he is WONDERFUL!!! I love everything about him. The sculpting is wonderful. I love the clothing. I cannot express how pleased I am with him. Now I must find books worthy of being displayed with him. He and Fagin are displayed together on a buffet.
THANK YOU so much for sending him so I could have him for Christmas.
Hi Marlene and Tania,
Today a special box arrived from you and in it was the Princess and the Frog ---- and when I first saw her, she took my breath away. Even though I had seen pictures, they didn't prepare me for what I saw. She is exquisite, fabulous, beautiful and then some. Her coloring is so soft, her dress is absolutely beautiful and has such wonderful detail. Her mohair wig is syled perfectly. Not only is the doll wonderful, the back drop is truely a work of art. I can hardly wait to find the right spot to display this beauty in my home....
I just want to tell you a quick story.....
I was 5 when my parents separated and by the time I was 7 they had both met other people and went on to marry them. I had a fantastic childhood and the man my mother chose was and still is the best father a girl could ask for. My biological fathers choice in partner was very different, she was 10 years younger than my Dad and upon reflection a very insecure lady. One year When I was about 8 I went to visit my dad and stepmother, they had just returned from a holiday abroad and upon arriving at their home my Dad told me he had bought me a gift and it was sat on their bed upstairs.... I ran up the stairs as fast as my feet could take me and sat on the bed were two Jesters! My heart jumped and I grabbed them and gave them a big squeeze. One was Gold and Dark green and the was silver and purple. I was in love! Within seconds my stepmother came in and told me to put them down as she had decided to keep them for myself. I was devastated.
Every year I went to visit and I was not allowed to touch them and in the end I stopped sneaking into their room to see them. About 8 years ago I went to visit and my step mother was redecorating and had decided to have a clear out and I asked her if she still had the Jesters 'Urgh, no' she replied 'I threw them out ages ago, I always hated those bloody things'.
Time passed and I had a daughter of my own, Rachel. I was a single mother from the day she was born and you know how it is, you want your children to have the best of everything but with money being an issue I had to be very careful with my gifts and make sure they were just right. I needed to come up with a plan where Santa wouldn't steal my thunder and so I told Rachel that Santa only ever brings one gift and that gift wasn't something you ever saw in the shops... It was made in the workshop. I told her this story when she was about three and also said that every 1000 years 1 child in every country would receive a carved wooden doll from this work shop.... Only the best children. I had totally forgotten I'd said this and each xmas my daughter received a beautiful hand made gift from Santas work shop. She was about 8 when she said to me that she hoped more than anything she would be lucky enough to get a wooden doll!!! Panic stations! I'd totally forgot I had said this but alas Rachel had not. So like a crazy person on the internet I went and nothing seemed right and then I saw 'Wendy'.... Oh my god she blew my mind and I knew Rachel had to have her. She cost £800 and I knew there was no way I could afford her in the 3 months left til xmas.
So I got an extra job, cleaning. I had also been diagnosed with two chronic illnesses that year and was in so much pain but Rachel HAD to have that doll!.... I worked my bum off and I got Wendy and the look on Rachel's face when she opened her up out of her box was the best reward a mother could have wished for and I knew all my hard work had not been in vain. It was on the website of your British supplier that I got Wendy from that I happened to look at their other available Xenis dolls that I then saw him... Digby and I knew I had to have him!! And I did, he sits in my room waiting for his companion who I knew I'd get one day and I now I will.
I hope I don't sound like a total sentimental fool but after nearly 30 years I have found the 2 jesters that should have always been mine. It is my birthday in March and I have asked my friends and family for the money instead of a gift as a contribution towards my new jester, they think I'm mad but they happily obliged. I will have the rest tomorrow to make up the remainder and then he shall be all mine!
I'm not a doll collector or anything like that but I just wanted you to know how beautiful your dolls are and the happiness they can bring to people of all ages including me. To some they are merely dolls but to others they mean a whole lot more.