Doug James’
 
Private Doll Collection


About


Doug James is the owner and creator behind JDJ International, the company producing the C.E.D, “S” Series, and Violett and Gabby lines of fashion dolls. Always on the move, he has also created numerous one-of-a-kind dolls. His dolls can be found all over the world. Many of his fashion dolls, some award winning, have appeared in venues unusual in the fashion doll world and have, of course, graced a variety of magazine covers in and outside of the USA. Doug is arguably the most prolific fashion doll designer in the country.   


 JDJ International has been in business for over fourteen years. Prior to forming his own company, Doug worked with a variety of well known doll companies like Ashton Drake and Madam Alexander.


Doug’s been in the doll business for a very long time and and an avid doll collector for even longer! The great thing for you is he thinks it’s time to let go of some of them!  


Some of the dolls in his private collection represent his work, other’s were created by other talented designers, some dolls have been restored, some are antiques, a few are prototypes, and some are entirely unique in sculpt and dress. He will be selling them here a few at a time in no particular order, with no particular time schedule. Check back often. You may find that wonderfully unique doll or accessory you’ve been looking for!  


Private Collection” sales are handled through JDJ International.


If you have questions about a particular item email Doug. Please include the item number. EMAIL



DOLLS

Item #75. Constance in Christmas Lights. CED Fashion doll. $95.00

Doug’s Comment: The Constance Christmas Lights doll and ensemble was one of the most complex designs we've ever done. There were several fabrics involved, the print silk that I sent to the factory from New York, the camel wool and mohair for the coat and hat, the two different colored lining fabrics not to mention the tiny custom CED embroidered designs in the coat lining. Then real leather pumps, custom print gloves with fingers, the jewelry, the custom ceramic plate in it's custom box, the vintage style light set in it's custom box and the shopping bag. Each one of these items required different teams of people to produce. I still feel the final result would have been more than worthy of an appearance in "MadMen"! This is one of two I set aside.

Description: With a retro early sixties look, brunette and brown eyed Constance Dash has chin length wavy hair topped off with a camel wool pillbox hat to coordinate with her one button wool trapeze coat which is finished with an attached scarf. Also included is a fuchsia and gold print silk sheath leather camel colored pumps dotted gloves with separate fingers, gold jewelry, a gift box containing a custom made porcelain plate and a box set of classic Christmas lights. Constance was one of our most popular CED dolls.



Item #58. Cissy in Pocahontas by Madam Alexander. Prototype. $155.00

Doug’s Comment: This was the last Cissy I did for Madam Alexander. By this time I had decided to do important American women. Madam Alexander was just starting to use deeper skin tones for Cissy, and, as with our CED line and Violett and Gabby (Willow and Daisy too), I am about continuing to bring diversity into the Fashion doll world.

Pocahontas could be considered the first truly important American woman and I thought a Cissy depicting her to be very appropriate. There have been many dolls and figures over the years depicting Pocahontas in various authentic (and not so authentic) faux leathers, feathers, beads and fur. I remembered that Pocahontas was brought to England ultimately and was even introduced at court. In researching I found at least one fanciful painting of her being presented. A bit more research into the court clothes of that period gave me a style. The patterns and colors of the fabrics were things that I imagined she would like and looked beautiful with her coloring.

I honestly can't remember now if, in my research I found that she presented a peace pipe to the court or if was something I liked to think she might do (after all, the English court was fascinated by the "New World" and everything they brought back was treasured). I did do research on artifacts of the time and tried to make the pipe as authentic as possible. Ultimately, I believe it was a limited edition of 200.


Description: Raven haired 21 inch Madam Alexander Cissy Pocahontas is wearing black brocade shoes with rhinestone buckles and gold leather heels, white tights, a boned hooped petticoat, her deep violet colored silk skirt with matching bodice with trim down the front, her burnt orange brocade over robe with gold trim, her wired white collar and her white lace and black velvet head piece. She’ll come with a Madam Alexander catalog from 2003 that has her photo and listing in it.


Item #77. An early Claire (in Flower Show) painted body wearing the complete African Art outfit. CED. SOLD

Doug’s Comment: The two characters we intended to start with when we first began planning CED were Claire and Cara. Claire was inspired by 1950’s model Sunny Harnett with the sculpt being Caucasian and aristocratic. This Claire is one of the very first and she certainly fulfilled our original intent. Our original Claire came in the Flower Show outfit. The African Art outfit was one of the three original separate outfits and we photographed it on this Claire. Although it looks great on everyone it seem to look particularly good on this doll!
 

Description: The African Art outfit was one of the first CED “available separately” ensembles. Because African Art was a bit more tailored it’s always been one of my secret favorites. This particular Claire is wearing a complete African Art outfit. A sheath dress of burgundy colored wool and silk shantung with a matching jacket of burgundy colored wool, fully lined. The jacket finishes with a matching belt with gold buckle. Accessories are: silk petal hat in a 1960’s style, matching wool stole, taupe leather pumps, gold jewelry and red hand bag. The gold tone African tribal mask on the museum style stand is what gives the outfit it’s name.

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Item #74. Soren in Blue Dragon. “S” Series doll. $410.00

Doug’s Comment: We have very few Sorens and even fewer Soren Blue Dragons. As my personal project the Blue Dragons will only be available here on Private Collection accompanied by the great low price. The wide range of celebrity names that collectors send us about who they think Soren looks like is amazing! He does have that quality about him! We actually didn't design him based on anyone. (Or did we?)

Description: Soren comes with his synthetic mohair wig and earring, grey t-shirt, plaid pants, black sandals and fully lined orange suede hoody with a large dragon embroidery on the back. He comes in his custom leatherette case.



Item #76. Gabby in Paris Opera. 16 inch hand crafted resin fashion doll of “Violett and Gabby” earlier edition. $385.00.

Doug’s Comment: A few people have asked about how the name, "Paris Opera" fits with these two dolls in mini dresses. First, I was trying to find a crossing point between late 60's style and modern design. The silhouette of the dresses was actually inspired by a current dress, a timeless and tailored shape, but the fabrics and colors definitely are a bit more late 60's. Second, these aren't gowns for matrons but for girls of 18 to 22 so only a short style would do. The more formal part of the ensembles came by way of the fabrics and accessories. Each of the fabrics for the Paris Opera dresses has a subtle metalic or satin shimmer woven into it. Crystal bracelets and gold and silver metallic hand bags shine as well and satin and velvet evening boots would certainly make young ladies welcome at any evening of Opera. The outfit plus the uniqueness of the sculpt made both dolls quite special. (Of course I set what I could aside!)

Description: Gabby has a pale yellow brocade tailored dress with Nehru collar: a modern design combined with a hint of the 1960’s with pale yellow hot pants under. The outfit is accompanied by gold velvet boots, a violet and gold bracelet, gold necklace with gold earrings, and a gold and cream satin clutch purse, a detail not always seen with fashion dolls today. Her wig is custom using the same method that fine wigs are produced for film and television. Her stand is included.

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