Mathes Reading Figurines Collection

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African American preacher gesturing
African American preacher gesturing
Small Southern States folk art wood carving depicting a white-haired African American preacher in a cut-away coat, bending into his sermon, gesturing actively with his left hand and holding an open book in his right., None, Item made ca. 1940s; title supplied., Purchased by donor at The Southern Highlanders Handicrafts, Rockefeller Center, New York, N.Y., in early 1940's; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Alice
Alice
Doulton and Company, Royal Doulton mark in use from 1932 and catalog number "HN 2158," and registration numbers "Rd No 892065," "Rd No 39006," "Rd No 8102," and "Rd No 11/59" printed on underside., Title from work (printed on underside); modeled by Peggy Davies.; Distributed between 1960 and 1981., Acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Soft pastel painted biscuit porcelain figure depicting Lewis Carroll's Alice-in-Wonderland, wearing a blue dress with white, lace-edged pinafore, holding an open book on her lap., Cybis inscribed and faint number "43"(?) incised on underside., Item made ca. 1981; titled of item and series title from documentation supplied by donor.
Amagerpiger
Amagerpiger
Lustrous softly colored figure group depicting two girls dressed in traditional attire of the Amager region of Denmark, the older girl seated, reading an open book held in both hands in her lap, the younger girl looking on with her arm around the older girl's shoulders., Royal Copenhagen mark in use from 1923, and "LP" and "1395" inscribed, all on underside., Item made ca. 1960s; title supplied based on information from dealers' websites., Purchased by donor at Friedlander's, Seattle, Wash., in 1960's; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Ancient sandstone figure with book
Ancient sandstone figure with book
Carved figure depicting a tonsured man with long hair and a beard, wearing a ruff collar and full length draped cowl or robe with loose sleeves, holding an open book in both hands., None, Title supplied., 9th century Druidic figure sandstone from ... Buchan Hill, Sussex, England.--vendor information provided to donor. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Angel and child with open book
Angel and child with open book
Carved resin figurine depicting a seated angel with outspread wings holding a child on her lap, both attending to an open book spread across the child's lap., Label imprinted "Shudehill Giftware" affixed to underside., Item made ca. 2000-2010, possibly in Manchester, England; title supplied., Acquired by library in 2009. Gift of Rob Lopresti.
Angel ornament with book
Angel ornament with book
Christmas tree ornament depicting a blonde-haired, blue-eyed winged angel holding a book., None, Item possibly made in the United States; title supplied.; Wood, foil-backed paper, pipe cleaner, and textured material.; Metal ring (2 cm.) attached at top., Acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Angel reading to two children
Angel reading to two children
Painted turned-wood figurine group depicting a seated winged angel reading to two children with an open book held in both hands, None, Item made ca. 1930s; title supplied.; Designed by Grete Wendt and Grete Kuhn of the firm Wendt and Kuhn, Grunhainichen, Germany, according to information provided by donor., Purchased by donor in 1949; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Angel with ringlets reading
Angel with ringlets reading
Highly glazed half-figure of a winged angel with distinctive tightly coiled blonde hair with ringlets, garbed in dark blue with gilt necklace and headband, holding up an open book in both hands., Impressed "E", inscribed "Z" with inverted semi-circular line through its center and ITALY below, inscribed code "G. 182" and illegible signature, all on underside., Item made between approximately 1920 and 1940., Purchased by donor in Seattle, Wash., in late 1930's; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Ayacucho woman reading to four children
Ayacucho woman reading to four children
Clay figure group depicting a woman of Ayacucho, Peru, seated with an open book in her lap, surrounded by four attentive children., Maurelio H and "Made in Peru" incised on back near bottom edge., Item made ca. 2008, possibly in Quinua, Peru; title supplied.; Modeled by Maurelio Huaraca., Purchased by donor from Fair Trade Haven in Bellingham, Wash. on April 15, 2008; acquired by library on April 23, 2008. Gift of Diane Parker for the Mathes Reading Figurines Collection.
Baby in blue with story book
Baby in blue with story book
Numerals "3530" and "4" below impressed on underside., Title supplied; no information about maker, artists or date., Purchased by donor in 1944; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Baby in polka dot sunsuit reading
Baby in polka dot sunsuit reading
Partly glazed painted pottery figurine depicting a doll-like baby wearing white shoes and a white sunsuit decorated with purple polka-dots, lying on her stomach reading an open book (additional decoration on top of head broken off)., None, Item made ca. 20th century, possibly in the United States; title supplied., Acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Balinese woman with scroll
Balinese woman with scroll
Intricately carved figure in honey-colored wood depicting a seated Balinese woman in traditional headdress and costume, reading a scroll held in both hands., BALI N.E.I. and "622/10 1/2" inscribed in red paint on underside., Item made ca. 1940s; title supplied., Purchased by donor in early 1940's; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Beata
Beata
Whimsical partly painted and glazed earthenware figure depicting a generously proportioned woman in a blue-and-white striped swim or sunsuit with her chin resting on her hands, reading an open book., Title, "Gustavsbert," and "LL" inscribed and small affixed blue/silver rectangular label imprinted with "DESIGN LISA LARSON" and Gustavsberg anchor mark, all on underside., Title from work (inscribed on underside); item made ca. 1950s; modeled by Lisa Larson (ceramist)., Purchased by donor in Seattle, Wash., in 1960's; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Beatrix Potter's Tailor of Gloucester
Beatrix Potter's Tailor of Gloucester
Glazed painted porcelain figurine depicting Beatrix Potter's character, the Tailor of Gloucester, perched on a spool of cherry-colored twist, reading an issue of "The Tailor & Cutter" held open in both front paws., Title, "Copyright," "BESWICK ENGLAND," and "4D" inscribed on underside; also illegible mark in black., Item made ca. 1940s; title from work (imprinted on underside), Purchased by donor in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1940's; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Becky Thatcher
Becky Thatcher
Highly detailed, painted, and varnished figurine depicting Mark Twain's character Becky Thatcher from the novel Adventures of Tom Sawyer, standing by her school desk, holding an open book in her right hand and, behind her back, a peach in her left., COPR. 1948 and "P. W. Baston" incised on back edge of base; green paper, shield-shaped label with "A SEBASTIAN MINIATURE DESIGNED BY PRESCOTT W. BASTON MARBLEHEAD MASS." imprinted in silver, affixed under base., Title from work (on front edge of base).; Designed by Prescott W. Baston.; Distributed between 1948 and 1975., Acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Bedtime story
Bedtime story
Glossy bone-china figure group in soft shades of pink, white, yellow, green and blue depicting a young girl and boy., Royal Doulton mark in use from 1932, catalog number "HN 2059" inscribed and registration numbers "Rd No 858992," "Rd No 859001," "Rd No 27136," "Rd No 5964," and "Rd No 60/50" printed on underside., Title from work (printed on underside); modeled by Leslie Harradine.; Distributed between 1950 and 1996, Purchased by donor in 1960's in Vancouver, British Columbia; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Bedtime story
Bedtime story
Highly glazed softly colored figure group depicting a slender woman in a long pale blue gown, seated on a quilted stool sharing a book they hold together in her lap with the young girl standing close by her right side., Lladro flower-and-tree mark with "LLADRO," "HAND MADE IN SPAIN," (c) DAISA 1987" below, stamped and item number "5457" and miscellaneous additional marks incised, all on underside., Title supplied based on information from maker's website; Distributed between 1988 and 1991 according to maker's website., Purchased by donor from Frederick & Nelson, Seattle, Wash., in 1988; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Bishop chess piece
Bishop chess piece
Resin replica of medieval chess piece featuring the bishop on horseback with a large retinue, including tonsured attendants holding open books and the bishop's crosier and a ring of tiny soldiers with crossbows., None, Item made ca. 1980s; title supplied., Purchased by donor from Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N. Y., in 1989; acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.
Black Americana angel with book
Black Americana angel with book
Highly glazed painted Black Americana figurine depicting a racially stereotyped black angel with wings, robed in white and wearing wire earrings, holding an open book in both hands., None, Item made ca. 1930s, possibly in the United States; title supplied., Acquired by library in 1999. Gift of Miriam Snow Mathes.

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