CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 18
The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Eighteen ~ Released Winter 2011
Another solid herd without a stinker this time. This herd is unique in that it has four talented artists in one group, which frankly is getting to be a
rarity from the TOPP. Also, it marks the return of the talented Joani Jiannine, the artist of the much loved Sacred Reflections of Time in herd number ten.
We also have four different molds used in this herd and in both resin and ceramic. The diversity of this grouping is nicely done with a patriotic western
pony, a couple of beautiful Native American offerings and a whimsical musician. I would like to note that with herd eighteen the difference in the sizes of
the running mold between Westland and Enesco's manufacturing is very pronounced. This is not a flaw, it is simply an adjustment back to the original size
of this particular mold.
- All of these figurines will have a brass name plate on the front of the base.
- All ponies will have the artist's name stamped on the base. The Trail's designation is Inc.
- All of these ponies will have their edition numbers as well as "Handcrafted in China" stamped on their base.
- The Enesco logo is stamped on as well.
- The copyright date is 2010. Yes, I verified and this is correct.
- These ponies will all come in a crimson box with a picture of the pony on the front and a write-up by the Trail on the back.
- None of these ponies have been made into life size models.
- All of these ponies are still in production.
Stars and Stirrups
Still in Production
This pony is just plain retro cool. The base color of the piece is a light palomino with a creamy white mane and tail. All details are in raised resin
unless otherwise noted. The American flag is draped like a blanket with the field of stars covering the rump and midsection and the red and white stars
extending down the legs and over the withers. The ends of the flag are tattered and detailed with the silhouettes of cowboys twirling ropes and herding
cattle. The saddle on this pony is an absolute work of art. It's old that's for sure, in an aged brown leather with plain steel rigging with both a webbed
and a leather girth. The old style eagle bill taps have small conchos and steel colored stirrups. The pommel is high and tight with a rawhide lariat tied
to it. A light colored bedroll and black slicker are tucked behind the cantle. An aged leather scabbard holding a Winchester rifle is slung under the
fender on the off side of the model. A hand stitched canteen bladder rests above the rifle. The bridle is again the aged leather with tiny silver conchos
across the headstall. There is no chin strap. The cheek straps have small conchos as well that end in larger bit rings at the mouth. The single loop
rein is made of a strip of leather. The pony has a broad white blaze on the face and the eyes are dark brown and do not appear to be bicolor. The base is
solid black with the brass nameplate in front. Stars and Stirrups presents with no problems. Displays best under direct lighting.
Prance to the Music
Still in production
It must be noted on this pony that the size difference I mentioned is very pronounced. And yes, it does give this pony the appearance of being "clunky"
as one long time collector described it. Having said that, Prance is still a beautiful ceramic piece in the cantering mold. The base color of the pony
is glossy black with a dark gold mane, tail and forelock. The legs sport four white socks and four golden hooves. The dominant side features a lovely four
stringed cello with wonderfully detailed fine tuners and curling F holes. The fingerboard extends up the neck of the pony with the raised scroll resting
behind the ears. The cello rests on a white piece of sheet music that flows along the body of the model. The musical notes are, of course, black. The
musical notes scattered off the sheet music are in gold. The back side of the piece has another white sheet of music with the black notes flowing along
the body. Imposed over the sheet is a golden three valve trumpet. On the withers is a gold saxophone with the bell at the top of the shoulder and the
bow extending all the way down to the top of the front leg. The keys are wonderfully detailed on the body of the sax. The neck follows the arching curve of
the pony's neck with the mouthpiece nearly touching the cheek. Golden musical notes are again scattered along the legs and chest. The face is not done well
at all. A messy blotch of white between the eyes is perhaps supposed to be a star but misses. Then the eyes...oh my. They are just awful. They are
situated on the front of the face, not the sides as they should be and then they are placed too low. What were they thinking? At least they are nicely
shaped and detailed, just in the wrong place. Good grief. We all know Maria Ryan did NOT paint the face of this pony like this. The base is absolutely
delightful. It's a piano keyboard! The keys are placed to the front of the base and extend over the side to give them depth. A gold strip down the middle
marks the bend of the piano leading the eye to give the piece a bit of a third dimension. An elaborate scrolled music rack holds an open book of music that
rests along the back of the base. Of course since this is a ceramic piece none of the depictions are raised though the keyboard has a definite texture to
it. The brass nameplate is in place along the front of the base. Prance presents with no problems that I'm aware of. Display under muted light.
Legend of the Plains
Still in Production
Finally, another piece from Joani Jiannine. Legend is a lovely gold and white pinto on the running mold. Unless noted, all embellishments on this pony
are made of raised resin. The dominant side of this model features a barrel covering crimson shield with crossed arrows. The arrows are wonderfully
detailed with pointed gray arrowheads at the bottom with wrapped leather thongs that extend a third of the way up the arrows. The circle in the center of the
shield surrounds the arrows as the leather wrap ends from the bottom leaving the arrows bare white. At the top of the center shield circle the arrows are
then again wrapped in the leather extending up to the top of the shield. The arrows extend beyond the shield and are topped with beautifully detailed
feathers. The shield also features a pair of small dark feathers at the top, a dreamcatcher piece to the left, a white fringed piece to the right and a
larger pair of dark feathers at the bottom of the gold center circle. Another fringe rests between the bottom pair of feathers. The shield itself rests on
a crimson blanket that shows just it's brown fringe below the shield. The rest of the blanket covers the back and flows down the back side of Legend. Twin
gold bands mark the blanket as do five gold diamond shapes on the back. Three white galloping horses adorn the side with another pair of large, dark
feathers at the bottom just above the brown fringe. The tail is pure white with a black and white feather on each side situated up at the top. The mane is
also pure white and has feathers on each side just behind the ears. Red and gold resin beadwork is attached to the blanket on the back and sweeps down the
rump, under the tail and back up the rump to the blanket. An identical circle of resin beadwork starts at the top of the blanket on the withers, winds
around the chest and back up to the top of the blanket on the other side. The face of the model is predominately gold with a white muzzle and forelock. The
pony wears a dark brown hackamore with a chin strap. The muzzle loop is made of red and gold raised beading. Actual red and gold beads are used to make
the rein circle that loops over the head. A real feather is attached to the reins under the chin. The alternating white and gold legs is quite striking.
The gold legs have black hooves while the white legs have gray hooves. The base is a textured crimson. The brass nameplate is in place. The only issue
I'm aware of actually presented itself with my personal piece. The feather needed to be reattached right out of the box. A simple fix and definitely not
a flaw. Legend of the Plains displays surprisingly well under indirect lighting.
Well done, Joani.
Retired July 2012
Last Model #
Hopi Maidens is an admirable offering from Vickie Knepper-Adrian and continues her superb Native American line up. This piece is by far the most colorful
offering in her stable and it really does pop. The pony is done on the rearing form. The base color is the beautiful red/orange of the Arizona desert. All
features of this pony are done is raised resin. The dominant side features a stark Corn Kachina on the neck and withers in the typical squared off design.
The top pieces are featherd black followed by white, black and red banding. The face is the golden color of corn with cut outs for eyes and a mouth with
a thin red band beneath the mouth. A lower thin green band has white and black feathers hanging straight down from it. The block of colors under the face
are in a scooped pattern in red, yellow and teal. A pair of maidens on the rear of this side are quite striking with black hair flowing from a blank white
face. Their dresses are textured in primary blue and yellow with alternate colored banding of red and blue. Three colorful half circles outlined in black
rest at the bottom of the maiden's dresses. A discreet black fringe finishes the design. The back side of the pony features two male kachina figures with
cascading black hair and colorful masked faces. Their shirts are in the bright primary colors of green and yellow with black, blue and red banding. The
Sun Kachina on the rump is truly a work of art. The face in the center is raised off the surrounding feathers and is divided into three distinct pieces.
Two quarter sections at the top in yellow and red while the lower half section is teal and has cutouts for eyes and a mouth. The feathers are tightly placed
together with a beige body and black tips. The edges of the feathers are ruffled slightly. The colorful half circle symbol on the front is repeated on the
back hind leg of this side. The four legs of the model are done in yellow with red/orange shading. All of the hooves are black. The tail is colored
exactly like the body, the mane is a bit lighter. The face has a bold black line running from the back of the chin to the muzzle and up the other side.
Below the black line the entire bottom half of the horse's face is painted teal. The eyes are bicolor. A raised teal and black symbol that looks like a bear
claw rests on the back of the pony. The base features a lovely Butterfly Kachina in the teal, yellow, orange and black. The headdress of this design is
quite elaborate in the fan shape. The face below it is white and orange with a wrapped look to the body. The rest of the base is black with the brass
nameplate in place. Hopi Maidens comes out of the box with no problems. Display under direct lighting to bring out the subtle shades of red and orange.
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