his 3.5-inch x
5-inch Raggedy Ann metal sculpture has a wonderful story.
Unlike most stories of mine, I'll tell this one starting at the end.
In May 2003, a lady named Linda saw one of my
hand-hooked tapestry rugs on eBay. The rug now hangs on a wall
in the foyer of her home, Linda and I have become great friends, and Linda
created and is the webmaster of my website. The discovery of my tapestry rug led
her to search eBay for other works of mine, and when she did a search for
"zaikine" . . . SURPRISE! Up came an auction for
Raggedy Ann which she bid on and won.
Now to the beginning. In the mid 1980s, I made several Raggedy Ann and Andys
along with many other small polychrome welded steel sculptures. The
photos below are another Raggedy Ann and Andy set from that collection along
with several cactus, and a small mermaid and some palm trees.
As it turns out, in 1986 I sold a Raggedy Ann and Andy
set to a man (the seller on eBay) at an East Village art show in New
York. Raggedy Ann and Andy lived on a shelf in his home until one day, Raggedy
Andy fell off and broke into
smithereens. Raggedy Ann managed to stay upright, and finally the man decided
it was time for her to move on. Now Raggedy Ann has
found a new home and even a spot
on my website!