The Xenis Collection Web Site



Exquisite Hand-painted Musical Dolls

Established in 1994 by mother and daughter team, Marlene and Tania Xenis, this collection is a unique and highly innovative range of fine quality musical wooden dolls handcrafted in Canada.   Initially Tania painted the heads of all the dolls but, as the demand for these exquisite dolls grew, now a team of highly-skilled artists have been trained to replicate the designs.  Each doll is produced within exceptionally high standards and is uniquely numbered and named after geographical locations in Canada.   They are also signed by the appropriate artist on the back of their wooden heads and are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and Registration Card.

The exceptional-quality musical movements, from Reuge Music in Switzerland, are incorporated in the bodies.  Each doll has its own charming melody such as "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", "Beauty and the Beast", "Music of the Night", "Memory", "When You Wish Upon a Star" and many more.

Sweetheart Series

Jewel Jester Series

History of Music & Dolls

The beauty of a doll is magic and the transformation of a human-like figure with the introduction of music has powerful emotional appeal. It stirs the imagination and appeals to the senses allowing us, for a brief time, to be transported to a land of make believe .... creating a totally magical experience.

Music and Dolls ~ two of the most beloved and magical forms of entertainment for thousands of centuries. In 1796 a watchmaker from Geneva Switzerland invented the musical movement and for the first time people could listen to mechanically reproduced music in their own homes. For centuries dolls have been constructed out of every suitable material you can imagine, but from earliest times wood has been a favourite. One of the most famous wood-jointed dolls in North America was manufactured in 1873 In the little town of Springfield, Vermont.

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