CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 19
The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Nineteen ~ Released Spring 2011
Herd Nineteen features two exceptional artists and a trio of terrific ponies. Finally, we get another model from the elusive Janet Snyder, the artist who
gave us the powerful For spacious Skies of herd twelve. This group is so interesting in it's wondrous variety and range of artistic talent. A charming
garden of green with a fanciful unicorn, a spiritual Medicine wheel, a rising Phoenix and a quasi draft horse with a plume make up this offering. Again,
four different molds are used for this group, all in resin...no ceramics this time. A few alterations were made to the walking mold to try and make it into
a drafter without success.
- 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. 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.
The Unicorn's Garden
Still in Production
This is one sweet pony. The Unicorn's Garden also has the distinction of being the first true green pony in the entire line. The piece is done to
resemble the seven ancient and fabled "Unicorn Tapestries" of the Netherlands. The mold used is the running mold, a perfect choice for this design. As
stated the base color is a beautiful dark green, not emerald, but a true primary dark green. The dominant side features an enchanting white unicorn that is
nicely and subtly shaded in light tan. The unicorn is cleverly situated on the side with the head resting on the withers and the front legs extending down
the lifted foreleg of the pony. The unicorn's hooves are all gray. The eyes are dark. The beard and tail are wispy curls of white. The horn is a golden
spiral and the collar is blue with a gold buckle. The delicate vines and leaves of the flowers are a light green and are raised resin as is the unicorn.
The flowers are in colors of white, yellow, dark blue and dark red. A graceful leafy vine curls around the dark, bicolored eyes. The muzzle is darkly
shaded. The flip side is mostly detailed with the trailing tendrils of flowers and vines except for the two cute brown bunnies. One is upright on the
withers while the other is crouched on the haunch. The mane and tail are green, like the body, with some subtle dark shading along the top of the neck and
throughout the flowing tail. This subtle shading appears along the underside of the body and down the legs as well. The hooves are all green. The base of
Unicorn is black with the brass nameplate in place on front. Unicorn presents with absolutely no problems right out of the box. Display under direct
lighting to show off that gorgeous green coloring.
Spirits of the Four Directions
Retired July 2012
Last Model #
Spirits of the Four Directions is the second Trail pony for Janet Snyder and he was well worth the long wait. The model is done on the much loved
standing mold. The four base colors correspond with the four basic directions and colors of the Native American Medicine Wheel. The colors proceed
clockwise around the pony starting on the head of the dominant side. The head, shoulder and front leg are white with subtle shading in the faintest of
blue. The face is split down the middle with white on the front side, including the forelock and ear. A pair of raised resin black and white feathers are
attached by a single red dot just behind the ears and extend down this forward side. The North representative, a buffalo rests on this front quarter's
shoulder. The raised resin is beautifully pronounced and quite detailed. He is white for the most part, with dark horns and tan shading on his ruff. The
grass is textured resin and shaded in bands of light blue and very light tan. The leg and hoof are pure white. The rear quarter of this side is yellow
with refined shading of light orange and features the East representative, the eagle. Again the raised resin of the eagle is pronounced. The brown
feathers are textured as is the white head and tail feathers. Yellow shaded mountains in the background rise above the banded yellow and orange grass. The
leg and hoof are solid yellow. Continuing clockwise, the rearmost quarter is red with delicate darker shading and has the pronounced raised resin figure
of the South representative, the wolf. His coloring is gray and brown with a black nose. He appears to be standing in feathered white grass or snow. The
leg and hoof are solid red. The foremost quarter is black and has the very pronounced figure of the West resting on the shoulder, the bear. As I said, this
embellishment is quite pronounced and nicely so. The details of all the animals are beautiful but none more so than the bear. The ears, eyes and nose are
just stunning. His coloring is black with shades of brown and silvery white along the top of the head, back and front legs. He is standing in white,
leafy tendrils of frosty grass. The leg and hoof are black. The neck on this side has a small full moon positioned just below the black and white shaded
mane. The head and half the face are black with a bicolored eye and a white shaded forelock. Resting squarely on the pony's back is a bright green turtle
with a Medicine Wheel of colors on it's back. The colors are offset the sides. The tail is pure black. The base of Four Directions is black with a
directional symbol resting between the hooves, again in the primary colors of the wheel. The center of the symbol is blue. The brass nameplate is in place
on the front. This model presents with no known problems. Displays best under direct lighting.
Magnificent pony, Janet.
King of Hearts
Karlynn Keyes - TOPP
Still in Production
This piece had potential, unfortunately it's overdone. Hearts is done on the walking mold with some alterations. The base color is a flat, muddy brown
that has no depth. The sides are the same for the most part and consist of the harness. Unless noted all of the embellishments are raised resin. The
harness is black with brass colored buckles and red and white hearts placed at the ends of the leads. The lines are dark red and run from the heavy black
collar to the tail. Large brass colored hame balls curve outward from the top of the collar, while the collar itself is encircled with a red line at the
bottom and a brass line at the top for the trace lines. A chest strap of red with a dual attachment runs between the front legs back to the belly strap.
A circle heart insignia rests on the lower chest. This circular heart insignia also appears at the shoulders on the collar as well as on the rump of the
harness. If the embellishments stopped there this piece would be fine but they don't. These are what I consider the overdone pieces. A large red bow is
tied at the top of the tail with trailing red ribbons running down the tail ending in a gold heart. A large red plume that is centered in a brass
attachment piece to the top of the harness rests at the base of the neck. The plume along with the overly large hame balls make the neck and back of
the pony heavy with these ostentatious props. The bridle is actually a bit simple, thankfully. The straps are thin and black with small brass buckles, a
brass headstall, blinkers that are red on the inside and a red nose piece. The reins are made of thin chains and are attached to the collar by small inset
rings. The face itself sports a white blaze and muzzle with bicolored eyes. A red and white ruffle with a braid underlay stands straight up from the mane.
The braid extends past the ruffle and down the neck, coming to rest on the collar. The forelock of Hearts is black with a flowing black mane and long, thick
flowing black tail. The legs are heavily feathered in white with four golden hooves. The base is flat black with the brass nameplate in front. I suspect
some pieces will have broken plumes or hame pieces right out of the box. Direct lighting does enhance the mud brown on the body so situate this pony under
your curio lights.
Still in Production
Emergence is a truly stunning piece done on the rearing mold. The shading on this piece is absolutely marvelous and it should be noted that the
simplicity of the design only adds to it's beauty. The base color of the pony is a burnt orange with hints of brown. The Phoenix covers most of this side
with a slim, lovely neck that reaches towards the head of the model. The raised resin of the bird is textured with wonderful detailing both along the
body and throughtout the feathers of the wings. The open beak of the bird is sorrowful while the bicolored eye is quite intense. Three curling head
feathers trail behind the head. The body is long and flows down the length of the horse and ends in the fiery tendrils of the tail as it reaches down the
back legs. The wings expand across the shoulder and swirl across the rearing leg and across the back to the opposite side. The colors of the phoenix are
a blend of orange, yellow and the lightest of browns. As stated, the shading on this piece is simply beautiful. Small licks of flame are scattered around
the bird, down the legs and across the back side of the model. The head of Emergence is warm chesnut with a darker brown muzzle. The eyes are a piercing
black. The mane and flowing tail are in the darker shades of brown and orange. The legs gradually become darker brown and end in four black hooves.
The base is flat black with thin smudges of an ash like color covering most of the surface. At first glance this seems a flaw but it is not so don't attempt
to dust it off. The brass nameplate is in place. This piece presents with no known issues. Emergence is probably one of the most versatile models of the
entire line and displays easily under either direct or indirect lighting. Don't hide this bad boy at the back of your cabinet. The embellished versions
of Emergence are simply amazing.
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