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In the years between 1934 and 1975 Rønnaug Petterssen became one of Norway’s leading creators of Norwegian costumed dolls. She had already as a child made herself a rag doll which became her trusted childhood companion. Later, when she was in her early twenties she made the doll that was to give impetus to her career, a little witch merely 15 centimeters (cm.) (6 inches) tall. But it was not till 1934 after she returned from two years in Spain that her career as a doll artist began in earnest.
The war years were difficult and there is a marked difference between the dolls my mother produced before and after WWII. When the workshop opened again she resolutely moved on and began making the dolls we know so well today. A Rønnaug Petterssen doll is unmistakable, different from other makers of the time, yet her production and the individual dolls are poorly understood today, thirty years later. I hope that this book will shed light on the scope of her production, the individual dolls, as well as Rønnaug Petterssen, the woman and set straight much of the conjecture and incorrect information printed over the years.In the summer of 2005
My mother made an early choice to specialize in the production of Norwegian costumed dolls. Her dolls have been praised for their quality, accuracy and character. “Norway has a cultural tradition in costumed doll making, thanks to one person in particular; Rønnaug Petterssen. Her dolls are like small works of art, enchanting miniature people, who are so much alive that young and old alike can’t resist being fascinated by them” So says Aslaug Kvernberg, Editor of Norsk Husflid (Norwegian Handcrafts) in her article for Norwegian doll American Commerce (Winter 1973).