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Sylvia Natterer and her dolls
Sylvia Natterer and Yvan Lacroix (Petitcollin director) during the Nuernberg toy fair in February 2015.Born in 1949, Sylvia Natterer spent her childhood and youth in the French part of Switzerland where she studied pedagogics and became a teacher for Applied Arts in Lausanne.
In 1972 she started modelling thread puppets in composition clay with her students.
In 1975, she moved to Munich with her husband and her first daughter Fanny. There she joined very quickly the puppet theatre for adults „das Kleine Spiel“ where she became a thread- puppet player and spent much time to repair the injured marionettes.
She discovered the dolls of Sasha Morgenthaler, Elfriede Schwarzenbach and Kaethe Kruse and started modelling a play doll for her daughter, after having given birth to a little boy.
Sylvia discovers her passion for sculpting childlike doll faces. In 1980 she was invited to become a member of the „Bavarian association of Handcrafts+ Arts „ in Munich and to present her first little handsculpted doll collection at the Frankfurt Spring Fair.
According to the artist herself, the doll „Minouche“ 48 cm that she had designed for Petitcollin is probably one of the most beautiful dolls she has ever created. The Zapf Doll Company was immediately attracted by her dolls and decided to produce one of them in vinyl in 1982.
Later the doll companies Sekiguchi, Goetz, Franklin Mint, White Balloon, Zwergnase, Kaethe Kruse and recently since 2015, Petitcollin, have produced dolls designed by Sylvia Natterer in wood, porcelain or vinyl.
From 1980 to 2008 Sylvia also presented her exclusive collectible porcelain dolls at the Frankfurt Spring Fair and later at the Nuremberg Toy Fair to buyers from all parts of the world.
She took part at many international Art Doll exhibitions, in Belgium at the Toy Museum in Mechelen for example, at the CFM Gallery Zuckerman in New York, at the Wachtanoff Gallery in Moscow or the Maruzen Gallery in Tokyo.
She won many renown awards : The award “Poupée d’Ange“ (Angel doll) for „the most adorable doll in the world“ at the IZU doll Garden in Tokyo, the Max-Oscar Arnold award in Germany or the Great Award of Austria.
Her collectible porcelain dolls as well as her vinyl dolls are now exhibited in many museums, like the „ Musée des Arts Décoratifs „ at the Louvre in Paris, il Museo della Bambola in Rocca Borromeo Italy, the „ Museum der Deutschen Spielwarenindustrie“ or the Musée Roybet-Fould in Paris.
Sylvia Natterer is a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists, NIADA, since 1996, of the European Doll Artists Vep and the Bavarian Association of Handcrafts and Arts in Munich. She is a mother of two girls and three boys.
English version of Petitcollin.com opened (29.08.2013)
Welcome to the new English version of the Petitcollin.com website. Petitcollin dolls are getting more and more popular around the world. Consequently, we have now opened the English website to better serve our customers and all those who love these French-made dolls.
THE FRANCE CARTES GROUP ACQUIRES VILAC AND PETITCOLLIN COMPANIES (12.4.2012)
The France Cartes group, lead by Mr. Laurent Weisbuch, acquired the Vilac and Jouets Petitcollin companies on 5 April 2012, businesses specializing in wooden toys, and dolls and baby dolls. The Jouets Petitcollin company, created in 1860 and based in Etain (Meuse), was the last French doll-making business, and continues innovating with the production of baby dolls in sustainable plant-based materials.
The VILAC company, a business having just celebrated its centenary, was founded in 1911 by Narcisse Villet, then taken over by Hervé Halgand in 1985. The Vilac company, specializing in wood turning and lacquering (pull-along toys, skipping ropes etc.) is the market leader in lacquered wood toys. It currently has a turnover of 10 million Euros, and employs 60 workers over its two sites.
The VILAC company is therefore linking up with the Jeujura company, specializing in wooden toymaking (construction toys, boards and board games). Bringing these two companies together, with their emblematic Jura region brands, and complementary activities will allow a real specialist centre for traditional wooden toy-making to be established, enabling a large, diverse range of quality, child development-appropriate products to be offered.
Using its knowledge in the toy market, the France Cartes Group has expanded by bringing together traditional skills in companies maintaining our industrial heritage.