Mary Benner Dolls · Cherished Collectibles
|Welcome to the world of the glamorous Cherished Collectibles porcelain Victorian lady dolls by award-winning American doll artist Mary Benner. Mary Benner doll artist creates one of a kind studio artist original porcelain artist dolls, Victorian lady dolls, Victorian child dolls, porcelain Victorian ladies dolls, porcelain Victorian children dolls, porcelain heirlooms dolls, antique reproduction Bru dolls, antique reproduction Jumeau dolls including Jumeau Bebe, Jumeau Te'te, Jumeau Triste, Bru Jne, Bru Jne 11, Bru Jne 13, Bru Jne 14, Bru Jne 15, antique repro French Jumeau porcelain dolls. OOAK of a kind porcelain and wax over porcelain antique replica Bru, Jumeaus, Steiner dolls and one of a kind original sculpt artist dolls, Beautiful, museum quality, Hand made by award winning artist, Mary Benner. Antique Brus, Jumeaus, Steiners; Antique replica Brus, Jumeaus, Steiners: Porcelain Antique Dolls, Porcelaine Bru, Jumeau, Steiner Replicas, silk doll costumes, silk dupioni doll costumes, mohair doll wigs, human hair doll wigs, leather doll shoes, hand painted, Award winning doll artist Mary Benner, Mary Benner, cherished Collectables', Inc., artist dolls, porcelain dolls, hand made dolls, dolls, antique dolls, reproduction dolls, repro dolls, collectible dolls, unique dolls, original dolls, original porcelain dolls, doll art work, Mary Benner dolls, artist Mary Benner.|
Cherished Collectable's, Inc., Dolls By Mary Benner,
was established in 1992. We are a very small family business
with myself, Mary Benner, being the artist and designer of all
the lovely dolls you see in our gallery and many more which
are not shown. She started making porcelain dolls as a hobby
in 1989, over the past 20 years she has made hundreds
of dolls. When she looks back at pictures of her early dolls,
they look quite primitive compared to the award winning
masterpieces she creates now. Her husband of 36 years, Allen,
pours the molds for most of her dolls and he is also the
fantastic photographer of her dolls! Allen also helps pack
ship the dolls all over the world. Her daughter, Marlee, helps
her with her books.
Mary Benner specializes mostly one of a kind antique replicas and occasionally - time allowing - her all original (sculpted by her) artist dolls. She started sculpting dolls in 1996 and at that time her husband Allen and herself made all of their rough molds by hand, a very tedious job. However, the past few years, since the birth of their grandchildren, Mary has not had much time to sculpt and design original dolls. Her antique replicas are her true love and she never gets tired of making them. Unfortunately though, because her time is so limited now, she is only able to make a small number of dolls a year.
Cherished Collectables has gone through a lot of changes over the years. Mary Benner used to do doll shows up and down the east coast. However she seldom does doll shows anymore as her dolls sell so quickly, it's too hard to put a collection together to make doing a doll show worthwhile. A few years ago she was having some of the dolls in her collection manufactured in China. But because of problems with the factory overseas and the great risks involved, she is no longer producing factory made dolls. However, she does have a few factory made Petite Dolls left for sale.
Over the years Mary has designed and sold her dolls on the Home Shopping Network up until a few years ago when they did away with their doll division. In recent years she has been designing dolls for the Marie Osmond collection and she has several dolls that will be coming out in her collection in the near future. Allen and Mary reside in Virginia Beach, VA with their dog, Callie. They have 2 daughters, Marlee and Brandi and 6 grandchildren who live not far from them.
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