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zwergnase dolls and bears are exhibiting at a very special location this year. They have been invited to the Villa Armand Marseille. Possibly the greatest maker of dolls’ heads, Armand Marseille made a name for himself that became a glorious legend in his own lifetime at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Millions of bisque heads bear his initials, and his products have been sold all over the world from Sonneberg, the ‘toy town’. To this day, his name remains a byword for exceptional quality among lovers and collectors of historic dolls. The villa was built around 1900, surrounded by a garden that resembled a park, and lay directly opposite the then company buildings. The house and garden were the owner’s refuge, a place where he could escape from the stress of business and devote himself to his family. But that is all history. The house changed hands many times over the following decades, and over the years lost much of its original aura. However, a great deal of work has recently been put into its restoration. The young company zwergnase regards itself as being committed to the work of Armand Marseille in many ways, and that is reflected in the quality, solidity and seriousness of its work. As Armand Marseille did in his time, zwergnase collections reflect the spirit of the times while still maintaining the finest traditions. That is authenticated not least by “Made in Germany” on the label. zwergnase is now almost the only manufacturer still retaining the manufacturing site and its great traditions as a seal of quality and lasting value.

This year’s birthday at zwergnase is celebrating a jubilee of  Nicole Marschollek-Menzner’s artistic dolls. Nicole designed her first collection exactly ten years ago, and she has been working exclusively for zwergnase since 1995. Such an auspicious birthday just has to be celebrated. In addition to the 2004 collection, the artiste is also presenting a special edition of her most successful models. This limited edition of just 50collections of the most beautiful of all dolls is her personal present to all doll lovers and collectors.

Presenting zwergnase junior
Mimosa and Capuchine are two enchanting girl dolls from the zwergnase-junior collection. You can easily see that Mimosa and Capuchine are sisters, children from the same house. The young line from zwergnase presents itself anew this year. The dolls from Nicole Marschollek-Menzner have been joined by many more beautiful and charming doll children. Sylvia Natterer, their creator, is known all over the world, and this doll artist has now found her way to zwergnase. In just a few years, zwergnase has built up an excellent reputation. Its name stands for inimitable design and outstanding quality, which can be explained in part by the care it takes to uphold the great traditions of Thuringian doll manufacturers. zwergnase therefore dedicates itself to "Made in Germany" more than almost any other manufacturer. Those are good enough reasons for Sylvia Natterer to bring her artistic creations to our company. This cooperation is also based upon a long-standing friendship with Nicole Marschollek-Menzner. How well the two doll artists get on with each other can be seen in their first joint creation. Two independent styles unite in Mimosa and Capuchine to form a shared quality. The pair of sister dolls open the ball. Fanouche will soon be 15 years old. During this time, Fanouche has found many friends all over the world. And he will be finding even more new friends in future.

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