The Japanese Sekiguchi company is known for their famous Momoko fashion dolls and Monchhichi. In 1976 (according to not verified sources on internet) they produced the doll line "Printemps". Printemps dolls have a stuffed body and vinyl hands, feet and head. They all wear different outfits of high quality. Information on these dolls is scarce, so I don't know how many different models there were made, and for how long. There were two sizes available: 48 cm or 19 inch and 60 cm or 23 inch.
My doll is the small size.
Printemps dolls have unusual eyes that are black (or dark blue, it's hard to tell for sure), but they are reflective and get a unique appearance when they catch the light. If you enhance the picture, you can see more details.
Printemps dolls have a bit of a macabre feel about them which I like very much. Little Apple dolls share the same aura and have strange eyes in common with their stuffed new friend.
|"Here, an apple. It's for protection and is spiked with little sharp nails. Don't bite in it please."*|
|"Oh dear, I'm surrounded! Help!"|
Follow this link to the Sekiguchi Printemps group on Flickr.
I also found these pictures of a brochure and one from the text on the wrist tag on Pinterest (sources unknown). A translation would be very much appreciated :-).
One of the reasons I love these dolls, apart from their intriguing eyes, is the fact that they remind me of Asian ball jointed dolls, first produced in 1999 by Volks. Several Printemps dolls were dressed in Lolita style outfits (yes, according to Wikipedia it was already a trend back then, although not called "Lolita" yet), still a popular clothing style for BJDs. So in a way they are the mothers (and fathers) of modern BJDs!
*The Little Apple dolls in the pictures are Creo and Pestis, twin sisters of which one once created, and the other one destroyed. They now are trapped in the Inbetween, a world between life and the hereafter, created by artist Ufuoma Urie, where all the Little Apple dolls exist. It's a strange world located in an orchard, where spiked apples protect the children against evil.
And with this cheerful story this entry has come to an end ;-D!
|"Are they gone? Phew, they are!"|