Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Etrennes are gifts presented on New Year’s Day in France, and included beautiful French dolls during the Golden age of Bisque dolls.  Many countries exchange holiday or Christmas gifts on January 1, also St. Basil’s Day, or later on January 6th, known in some South American countries as the Day of The Three Kinds. Note, in some spellings, there is an accent on the first "E."

Etrennes gifts date back to antiquity, and may have been created in honor of St. Strena, whose feast day is January 1.

The Louvre Department store and many others like it offered Bebes and other wonderful dolls and toys as Etrennes gifts.  If you watched the sitcom “Friends,” you noticed a large Etrennes poster in Monica and Rachel’s apartment.

Happy New Year, from Antique Doll Collector Magazine, and I hope you find an Etrennes waiting for you!

Poster from Louvre Dept. Store, Public Domain Image

Friday, December 26, 2014

Cotillion; Come Dance with the Dolls

Happy Boxing Day, Merry Christmas (It's the 2nd day of Christmas!) and Happy New Year!  When I was a little girl, I used my beautiful doll books by John Noble, Helen Young, Mary Hillier, Janet Pagter Johl,  The Colemans, Eleanor St. George, Dare Wright and others to "fill in" the rare dolls I couldn't find or afford.  I loved opening up the pages  to a color centerfold of French Fashion dolls as a backdrop to the games I played with Barbie, small china heads, and Vogue Ginette's. 

I never lost my love of doll books, and I never underestimated their important place in doll collections. I probably won't be bidding on the A.T. or the Marque in the January 9th Cotillion auction, but I value the gorgeous catalog as a historical resources, whether it is in print, or bookmarked as the online version. Below, in their own words, is Theriault's description of the auction:

"The lavish 204 page hardbound book features more than 400 of the world’s most rare and beautiful dolls. Of special prominence are French bebes (yes, A.T., H., Bru, Marque and others), all-bisque mignonettes (more than 125 rare examples), and googlies (more than 80 including rarities such as Oscar Hitt, and luxury grand sizes). $75 includes priority postage and after sale prices realized.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Minute Gifts for Antique Doll Collectors

You still have five days after tonight!  Or, if you are uber-organized, it's never too late to start thinking about next year!  Here are some great ideas for gifts for antique and vintage doll collectors:

1.  A subscription to Antique Doll Collector Magazine.  See the link on our blog where you can subscribe directly, or go to our website, http://www.antiquedollcollector.com/.

2.  Also on our website, you can choose Back Issues to gather, wrap with a gorgeous ribbon, and deliver to your favorite antique doll lover. 

3. Find a doll or accessory  in our Emporium.

4. We have patterns to inspire those who want to make their own gifts for special dolls and special collectors.

5.  Plan a special trip to a doll show or doll event for that special doll collector in  your life.

6. Subscribe a doll lover in your life to a year of Theriault's catalogs.

7.  Bid on a doll at one of Theriault's upcoming auctions, or attend a doll auction!

8.  Give a doll book, Amazon.com has many including A Bibliography of Doll and Toy Sources, With Love from Tin Lizzie: A History of Metal Dolls . . .,

9.  Doll clothes, mini stuffed animals, doll shoes, accessories, furniture and stands are all wonderful gifts for collectors.

10.  Help your favorite collector set up a doll room; contribute shelves and display cases, help build things, provide acid free tissue and cedar sachets.

Wish everyone in your life Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2015! Happy Doll Collecting!

Halopeau to be in Cotillion Auction January 2015, Courtesy Theriault's

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus! Happy Holidays to our Readers

Happy Holidays to Everyone!  Here is the famous letter, once featured with other memorabilia on "Antiques Roadshow."  It was published the year my grandfather was born, and is special to me, and millions of others over the years. 

    VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

    Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

    Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

    You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

    No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

- See more at: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/yes-virginia-there-is-a-santa-claus-1897/#sthash.pGOclhy5.dpuf

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Upcoming Auctions: Cotillion

From Stuart, in his own words:

Dear Friends,

We did it. Another year. And what a year! Countless landmark auctions and tens of thousands of dolls found their way to new homes amidst world records and the laughter and fun of each unique and diverse auction. And as we prepare to cross over to Theriault's 45th year of business, we look to start you once more in the right way, the best way we know, together as friends and at the world's most spectacular event.

"January" is upon us again.

We know that this is the time that everyone waits to hear the details and learn first-hand what we are putting together for you at our annual grand weekend of auctions and events in Newport Beach, California. For over 25 years this auction weekend is anticipated by doll lovers seeking the best of the best for their collections.

This year we do it once more as we will honor and share in the vision of the great Southern California collector, Susan Whittaker. Don't know her? You soon will through her collection, her legend, and the singular vision she built in dolls.

For the early collectors in Los Angeles, Susan Whittaker is a name that is synonymous with the 1970s and 80s throughout that region's doll circle. Here was one of the first major society doll collectors. From her majestic home that stood at the top of Beverly Hills and was a showcase and famed location in itself, Susan and her husband Bob, both legends in Beverly Hills society (their parties were highly anticipated...friends like Hugh Hefner, Frank Sinatra, James Garner and Kirk Douglas would rarely miss one), began a doll collection that would quietly develop over decades into one of California's most significant.

Susan was a person you never forgot. She was strikingly beautiful, stunning even, and turned an entire room in her direction when she walked in. If you were a collector back in the day and were at auctions or shows you would see and remember her always. Some of you might be nodding your head right now. Yes, Susan was that person that no one ever forgot.

But for some of us we came to know Susan more through her dolls. Here was a woman with a unique love of very distinct and different doll genres. Three areas became a point of focus and would be her primary quest throughout 40 years of collecting: French bebes, French and German mignonettes, and googlies. She would frame this core passion with accessories and the occasional "other" doll to truly build a visionary collection.

First, the French. Ten Bru bebes, six A.T. bebes, two "H" bebes, a stunning Albert Marque doll, and dozens of bebes from Jumeau, Steiner, Schmitt and others. Automata, fashion dolls, fabulous costumes and accessories as well. This could be an auction itself...or two even! But here you will have for the first time in history a chance to make countless choices within a spectrum of the rarest French dolls. There are so many to choose. This could be your chance!

The googlies? This will be the largest collection of googlies ever offered at auction. Over 75 total from Oscar Hitt to Hertel and Schwab, K*R and Kestner. Even the googlies you know, such as the JDK 221 or Hertel and Schwab 165, Susan would work to get examples in virtually every single size. Unprecedented, and if you love googlies, this will most likely be the one event that will never be matched in our lifetimes.

Mignonettes and all-bisques also played a key part of the Whittaker collection. Are you ready? Over 150 all-bisques comprise the entire line of rarities from French to German to, yes...more googlies! It could be a special dedicated auction in itself (we almost thought about doing this!) as you will witness them unfold through the pages of this hardbound commemorative catalog.

Now, don't think that's all, there are others. Susan never passed on a whim of fancy and she also would obtain interesting and rare French and German characters, furniture, accessories and other items that came her way. All in all, this special two-day event and single HUGE hard-bound catalog will comprise more than 500 of the finest pieces all from one collection.

Excited now? We are as well! So, here are the details. For most of you the January format is ingrained into your year...yet you will see now firsthand, how special this weekend really is.

Starting on Friday evening, January 9th, we will, this year, focus on just coming together for a special wine and champagne reception from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm to tour and walk-through with Florence this remarkable collection. It would be impossible to do this collection justice with a single morning exhibit so the evening on Friday will allow you more time, the added attraction of Florence's walk-through of her favorite pieces, an opportunity to meet some of the family of Susan Whittaker, and the joy of greeting your doll friends again after a year.

On Saturday, January 10th, let the auctions begin! All day the excitement will fill the room and the usual energy and joy of "January" will lead us to amazing objects to add to your collection.

The weekend continues with so much more on Sunday, January 11th! Part Two of The Whittaker Collection will excite us once again and lead us into the grand finale...the always popular and something for everyone mid-afternoon Discovery Day auction with another few hundred dolls.

January is the most special doll weekend of the year. Sure, the dolls, especially this time, will be the culmination of greatness. But, what makes this weekend truly wonderful is: You. That is, our reunion of sorts in the doldrums of winter when we can shine together in the California sun. And see our friends that make the joy of collecting so wonderful. This year you will have that and so much more, including an unprecedented opportunity, perhaps not seen since the 2006 Lucy Morgan Collection auction, in which to bid on the rarest of antique dolls. This is your time. This is your chance.

Soon, all the catalogs and more details will emerge (have you ordered yours?). This year we convene at the luxurious five-star Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach that will be a wonderful retreat in itself. We can't wait to host you and we do sincerely hope that you will join us.

Warm regards,

Stuart Holbrook

Monday, December 15, 2014

January Sneak Peek

Cotton piqué, originally invented for use with formal white tie, was a boon for doll costumers of the 1850’s. Lynn Murray has shared her amazing collection of fashion poupées, each elegant in a white dress, many of them piqué with white soutache trim.
Gracing our cover is a lovely poupée designed by Edourard Briens who registered a patent for a poupée with slanted hip joints, jointed knees and arms articulated at the shoulder and elbow with lower arms of bisque. Lynn has long been an ardent collector and student of fashion dolls and you will find her article informative and fascinating.

January 2015

Several delightful peg woodens enjoy the many comforts to be found in an 1845 English Baby House. Elizabeth Bentley Hamilton writes about this large and impressive house, measuring six feet five inches with its doors open, that came to live with her in 2006. Gorgeous antique furnishings create an elegant and rarified ambience. Join us for a tour of the “Hampshire House.”
We are delighted to have Chiffonnette back with us to start off the New Year! Needing an accessory to break up the expanse of the day skirt, pretty ornamental aprons gained favor as early as the 1830’s. Sylvia Mac Neil shares examples of these delightful aprons often made of luxury fabrics and trimmings that belie their useful purpose. A pattern from La Poupée Modèle will find favor with your poupée.
Original source material proves that Kling was making porcelain doll heads in the 1850’s. In her article Mary Krombholz shows how by comparing an early china head with a Kling parian head made in the 1860’s we can recognize other Kling unmarked shoulder heads including parians with elaborately decorated shoulder plates. A 100th company anniversary photo taken at the Leipzig Fair and seen in the author’s books further proves her in-depth research.
At the 2014 UFDC national convention in San Antonio attendees enjoyed a superlative special exhibit, “The Many Faces of German Dolls.” What a fascinating history of production illustrating the tremendous diversity of dolls made during the 19th and early 20th centuries!
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
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My Newsletter

From  Ellen Tsagaris, your Guide to Doll Collecting
Just in case, I'm sending out a short newsletter.  The Holidays loom closer and closer, and there are great buys everywhere for dolls and toys.  Darling miniature Elsa and Frozen dolls are at Target, and Monster High and Barbie are flying off shelves!

December 15th Rendezvous
Live and online bidding is available.  Read more about the eclectic and desirable dolls available.

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Keen on Keane: Big Eyes and Moppet Dolls
Tim Burton, who seems to like what I like, has done it again!  His film on artist Margaret Keane, "Big Eyes" will be out Christmas Day.  Keane's art inspired many dolls and greeting cards during the 60s and70s. Royal's "Lonely Lisa" is one of them.  Read more about Keane and other big eyed dolls including googlies, Blythe, and Kewpies.

Search Related Topics:  keane  big eyes  royal dolls

Theriault's Discovery Day and other Auctions!
Read more about different types of doll auctions and events.

Search Related Topics:  blackler collection  theriault's  cloth dolls

Toy Soldiers IV
Part IV from an excerpt from "With Love from Tin Lizzie . . ."

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Why I love our ADC Back Issues: Unusual Chase Dolls

Did you know that back issues of ADC our available?  Look through our current issue for information, or review our newly designed website.  I was browsing my September 201 issue, and eagberly read the cover story on unusaul Chase dolls.  I'll never forget the day I won my Chase doll on ebay. She was billed as an old rag doll with a painted face, and I got her for a very reasonable price.  Later, when I taught my class "The Doll as Other," I had a student who remembered using the Chase life-sized mannikins in her nurse's training.  It really is funny how dolls can reach so many people in so many ways besides collecting.

The great Chase article by Bernice Millman featured unusual Alice in Wonderland dolls, several black dolls, three of which appear on  the cover, a rare 8 inch doll originally created as a kit for young girls, Dickens characters, and more.

A super rare George Washington stood a dignified 24 inches.  Other dolls had molded curls and hairdos, and an unusual set of fraternal twins wore small American flags.

Chase was influenced by Izannah Walker and had a long, successful career as a doll maker.  Her dolls were pricey when new, and were desired gifts.   Start your research on Chase and other unusual antiques by reviewing the back issues of  "Antique Doll Collector Magazine."

Friday, December 12, 2014

Press Release, Courtesy of Theriault's on Jumeau 201

Antique Doll Laughs its Way to a New Record

A rare model form the “Series Fantastique” of French doll maker Emile Jumeau set a new world record for a 19th century doll when it realized $285,000 at Theriault’s antique doll auction at the Waldorf Astoria in new York on November 22.  The series, introduced in 1892, featured highly expressive children who were gleefully laughing, scowling, or impishly “making faces”, and was a far cry from the beautiful idealized child dolls, known as bebes, that had been the mainstay of the Jumeau firm for the past quarter century. Parents immediately rebuffed these “outlandish” character dolls, preferring the classic “pretty” bebe for their little girls, and after only a few years, the production, which was always small, ended.  This particular model, of which one only one other example in this size is known to exist, was incised “201.” Depicting a child with wide-beaming smile accentuated by dramatic large eyes, it sold to a private Boston collector.

The 308 lot auction by Theriault’s realized $1.3 million, with enthusiastic bidders from throughout the United States, and internationally from France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Switzerland and South America.  The Maryland-based firm, which conducts auctions throughout the United States, is entering its 45th year specializing in antique dolls and related childhood ephemera.  Collectors may also call 800-638-0422 or email info@theriaults.com for any additional information on the event.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Notes from the Editor on The Gaithersburg Show!

Gaithersburg Doll Show and Sale December 6 and 7
The December Gaithersburg show with its festive decorations, tantalizing treats offered by dealers and most importantly, wonderful antique and vintage dolls for sale, is a delightful harbinger of the holidays to come. Now that the Eastern National Doll Show is held twice a year instead of four times, enthusiasm and anticipation have perked up this long time important doll show. This was the168th event which may make it the oldest continually running show in the country.
Free extras sponsored by the UFDC were here for attendees as well: doll stringing and repairs, door prizes, guest speakers and displays of doll dressmaking sets and putz style villages. What a great way to start the holiday season!

Monday, December 8, 2014

An Interview with Collector and Antique Doll Collector Magazine Writer Jan Peterson

An Interview with Collector and Antique Doll Collector Magazine Writer Jan Peterson

I started collecting about 20 years ago after a house fire.  An antiques dealer friend was helping me replace items lost in the fire, knew I taught French, and purchased an FG French fashion for me in an estate sale in Iowa, as a surprise.  I had no idea there was even such a thing as French fashion dolls.  The little doll had been packed away in an attic with a note saying she was a souvenir of “Auntie’s trip to Paris”.  It was love at first sight!  Over the years, other French fashions have found their way into our home, and lots of all-bisque children as well.   I collect dolls to fit the scale of the antique French doll furniture and the accessories made for 10” to 14” dolls.  I collect all-bisques (almost all of them are Simon & Halbig either made for the French market, or the molds I just love (the 886 and 890 little girls) and Kestner all-bisque boys.   Each all-bisque has his or her own Lilliputian doll, too! 

I discovered soon after getting my first French fashion that I love the furniture and accessories made for them almost as much as the dolls.  Most of my dolls live in the “château” that is a doll cabinet set up as a nearly floor to ceiling Victorian doll house.  Every cupboard, drawer, shelf and doll trunk in the cabinet is filled with clothes and accessories that I re-cycle every six months.  My memory is so dim that it is like finding new accessories for the first time as I pull the items out of “storage” and put what has been displayed for a half year back into the doll furniture.  

What attracts me most to a doll is the face.  I love the faces and fat tummies of all-bisque children, and the faces of lady dolls.  I have a couple of Simon & Halbig lady dolls who are too big for the “château”, so one is on a permanent buggy ride in a toy Victorian carriage, and the other sits primly on a toy sofa.  I honestly think that even though they are the most commonly found, nothing beats the face of a well-done F.G. poupée.  They are the dolls who just instantly steal my heart.  I also try to always buy them with porcelain lower arms and hands because I have so many little accessories for the dolls to hold.  I adore the bébés and the German child dolls in my friends’ collections, but I share my home with a very tolerant (and masculine) husband, so I don’t want to make him uncomfortable living with too many “girl” toys.   As it is, my youngest son claims all the dolls in the “château” hum off-key at the stroke of midnight when he comes home for a visit!  

I love sewing for my dolls.  I use only antique fabrics, trims, closures, and even antique silk thread.  I have over a hundred original pages roses patterns from mid-19th Century issues of the La Poupée Modèle magazine for both French fashion dolls and mignonnettes.  I love the romance of working with patterns and materials as old as my dolls (except when I have to UNPICK my mistakes!).  My ultimate dream doll is a rare Black fashion I saw in a presentation made by Jim Fernando.  Her sculpting is just breathtaking.  She is the only doll like her I have ever seen.  If I could add her to the residents of the “château”, it would be the ultimate dolly dream come true.  I have spent many happy moments enjoying her in my dreams, though, and dreaming is a huge part of the joy of collecting!  The doll cabinet gets decorated with antique items for holidays, and it will be time in a few days to put up all the Christmas items.  It actually takes me longer to decorate for my dolls’ holidays than it does to decorate my own house!  My husband says it is all just an excuse to “play dolls”.  He is right.

 Karine & Rosie are both 9 1/2” tall S&H 886 girls who are getting ready for their Saturday night bath.

Karine & Rosie


The “Château” where most of my dolls live.

The Chateau




Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dolls, Boys, and Men who Collect: A Tribute

The worlds of dolls and doll history are more exciting than ever. At least three more panels at this years Midwest Modern Language Assoc. Convention will address them. Perhaps in these dangerous and fleeting times of violence and disposable technology, it is nice to have something created in our own images to hold on to. After all, who doesn't have a favorite statute? Photo? Portrait? Figurine or stuffed animal? Doll? Action Figure? Jack-in-the Box? All these are made in the human image, often to memorialize it. It struck me that little boys also have their dolls, and there are dolls like William's Doll of the Zolotow book made for them. Of course Andy has Woody in Toy Story, and there are bad little Kids like Syd in those movies who love to war with the other dolls and toys. I've known many little boys with their toy soldiers and G.I. Joes, and many with a a favorite bear, including mine with Pooh, Jelly Bean, Blizzard, and Meow Meow, members of the family, one and all. Men, of course collect dolls, and they are on my Facebook groups. Some are famous, others simply like history and art. Jim Fernando has been a legendary collector and I am proud to own some small dolls that belonged to him. My first doll book was by John Noble, and two of my favorite authors on dolls are Carl Fox and Max von Boehn. John Axe, my friend, one time editor, and penpal, will always live in my heart, as does my good friend, the distinguished writer on many subjects and doll historian, R. Lane Herron, frequent contributor to Doll Castle News, edited in part, by Mr. Barry Mueller. Mr. Keith Kaonis is instrumental in creating our own ADC.   I owe my first Doll Reader article to Chris Revi, another distinguished figure in the doll world, and my successful auctions to Mr. Noel Barrett and Andy Ourant. A recent episode of my beloved Family Affair took Buffy and Mrs. Beasley to a doll hospital in New York, surely a tribute to Mr. Irving Chais, who ran The New York Doll Hospital till his death. There are of course, the many doll makers, Ravca, Jumeau, Bru, Sherman Smith, Schoenhut, the distributor Borgfeldt, my very special Armand Marseilles, Schmidt, Seymor Mann, Gautier, Kallus, Elliot Handler, Johny Gruelle, Lewis Sorensen, Joel Ellis, Darrow, Michtom, Fleishaker and Baum [Effanbee], Nick Alexander, the list is endless. So, long live our boys and their dolls. May they play long and happily!

A Little Doll History: A Peek at some Really Old Dolls-the Middle Ages

The antique dolls we love have their roots in ancient and medieval dolls.  From time to time, I'll mention them, just to remind us all of our collecting roots.  The Middle Ages are important in doll collecitng history because during this era more than any other, dolls apparently begin to evovle into children's toys from their previousl lives as idols and Santos.

Also, the Krippen and other Creche figures written about in Antique Doll Collector Magazine first became popular collectibles during The Middle Ages, when wealthy households all over Europe competed over who would have the most elaboratle Nativity.

Below is some relevant information.

Here is a link from the Benaki Museum in Greece. There is a large toy collection there, and a large collection of Coptic art. Marai Argyriades, curator, is a friend of my late friend, Mary Hillier. She has written an outstanding book on Greek Dolls and another on Greek Christmas toys, as well as numerous publications. http://www.benaki.gr/index.asp?id=10104&lang=en

Here is another link to a blog you may enjoy, Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture: http://larsdatter.com/toys.htm

Here is a list of links from this blog which give an idea of the types of toys medieval children had, as well as some pictures. Games were plentiful, and some of the games children played, as shown in the painting of Lucas Cranach and others, portray children with toys and with all kinds of games and dolls of their own. A few dolls and toys have been found in plague pits, tossed in with their hapless owners, and one is described in the novel Missing Melinda, by Jackson.

manfred Bachman shows medeival Leonard's Louts, soldiers on horseback of pewter and other materials, and discusses soldiers and effigies made for funerals and in remembrance which date from the Medieval period. His book is Dolls The Wide World Over


Here is a bibliography of Medieval toys I found, but see also my book, A Bibliography of Toys and Dolls.

J. A. Elders, Farmers, Friars, Millers, Tanners; a study of the development of a medieval suburb bases on recent excavations on the site of a Carmelite friary inthe Obertorvorstadt,Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. Unpublished Ph. D. Thesis University of Nottingham 1996 [British Library].

H. Schäfer, Das Karmeliterkloster in der Obertorvorstadt in Esslingen, in: Archäologische Ausgrabungen in Baden-Württemberg 1991, Stuttgart 1992.

H. Schäfer, Befunde "Auf dem Kies". Grabungen südlich des Karmeliterklosters in Esslingen, in: Archäologische Ausgrabungen in Baden-Württemberg 1992, Stuttgart 1993.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jumeau 201 Breaks Record for 19th C Doll at Theriault's Auction!

See below from Theriault's; we thank them for the content.

A rare model from the "Series Fantastique" of French dollmaker Emile Jumeau set a new world record for a 19th century doll when it realized $285,000 at Theriault's antique doll auction at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on November 22. The series, introduced in 1892, featured highly expressive children who were gleefullylaughing, scowling, or impi...shly "making faces", and was a far cry from the beautiful idealized child dolls, known as bebes, that had been the mainstay of the Jumeau firm for the past quarter century. Parents immediately rebuffed these "outlandish" character dolls, preferring the classic "pretty" bebe for their little girls, and afteronly a few years, the production, which was always small, ended. This particular model, of which only one other example in this size is known to exist, was incised "201". Depicting a child with wide-beaming smile accentuated by dramatic large eyes, it sold to a private Boston collector.
The 308 lot auction by Theriault's realized $1.3 million, with enthusiastic bidders from throughout the United States, and internationally from France, Germany, Spain, Philippines, Russia, Switzerland and South America. The Maryland-based firm, which conducts auctions throughout the United States, is entering its 45th year specializing in antique dolls and related childhood ephemera. Collectors may also call 800-638-0422 or email info@theriaults.com for any additional information on the event.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's That time of the Year for Antique Dolls!

When I was about six, and sitting on Santa's knee began to mean something, I would wait in line with all the other kids, but with a request that was a little different.  I didn't want a Mystery Date game, the latest Barbie, or walkie-talkies.  I always asked for an antique doll, usually a china head.  Poor Santa wasn't really sure what to say, but I got an extra candy cane for most original request.  I remember one year when Santa gave my folks a pleading look; they just shrugged.  Imagaine my joy and surprise when I got a very large china head, a "low brow," but still a china head, with a wardrobe that my mother sewed for her. I'm not sure how common it is for 8 year olds to faint, but I almost did.

Old dolls of various types seemed to appear under the tree regularly after that year.

As you spend time with your family and friends this Christmas, think back to a special doll you got as a present.  Share your memories as comments to our blog, or our Facebook Site, Antique Doll Collector Magazine, or our Page, Antique Doll Collector Magazine.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Antique Doll Collector Magazine!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Check out our Index of ADC!

Our editor says, "We’ve added a complete index …all issues dating from 1997 to our current issue. " Anyone who is intrested in antique dolls needs to check this out.  It is invaluable as a tool for doll scholarship, and for researching one's own dolls.  This was a labor of love, and it is easy to access by the link on our website, http://www.antiquedollcollector.com/current1.html

I plan to use it religiously for all the research on dolls that I do, and will happily recommend it!  Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers and followers!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sandra Sue: A Vintage Doll Comes into her Own

We at ADC love to write about Vintage Dolls as well, and Sandra Sue is no exception.
These jointed, hard plastic lovelies were made by Richwood Toys in the late 1940s to 1950s.  In 1956, they began making dolls with high-heeled feet, so earlier dolls have flat feet.  Sandra Sue is a cousin of the other hard plastic fifties fashion dolls like Pam, Ginny, Jill, Muffie, Ginger, Muffie, and others.  In her high-heeled feet, she is a dolly ancestor of Cissette and Barbie. 

The dolls are 8 or 9 inches tall, and are marked with a number under their arms or legs.  Their hair is mohair, and they have extensive, lovely wardrobes.  Some nice examples were recently auctioned by Theriault's, and one is pictured on our blog.

Their prices range between $60 and $200+, making them affordable dolls for collectors of various levels of experience.

They are a wonderful doll for fashion doll enthusiasts, and those who love fifties nostalgia. Sandra Sue is just one of the many vintage dolls written about in ADC.  In fact, look to our recent issues for a great article on another wonderful vintage creation, the Sasha doll.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Yes, it's nearly that time.  Many of us will be reaching for Antique Santas and vintage ornaments.  I'd like to share a few thoughts on antique Christmas dolls, and direct our readers to photographs of Santa and company that they may enjoy.

Christmas is a combination of religious holiday and secular celebration.  Some of the customs we share, like gift giving, go beyond the roots of the Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  For example, Janet Pagter Johl writes in The Fascinating Story of  Dolls, that little girls in Ancient Rome were given dolls as gifts during Saturnalia.  Ancient Egyptians allegedly dragged palm rushes into their homes during the Solstice. The Ancient Celts dragged evergreen trees into their temples as good luck tokens; evergreens really do seem to be immortal and last forever.

Christmas Trees became popular with Prince Albert and Queen Victoria; becaus of their popularity, they made their way to America.  But, the first trees date tothe 16th century in Germany, and were called Paradise Trees, decorated with apples to celebrate the feast of Adam and Eve, December 24th.

Beloved author and aritst Tasha Tudor, author of  The Dolls' Christmas, A is for Annabelle, and other books featuring dolls, has written a gorgeously illustrated book on Christmas and its history called Take Joy.  Dolls and old decorations are mentioned, and I highly recommned it for anyone interested in antique Christmas, dolls, or Tudor herself.

Santa has his origins primarily in St. Nicholas, who made sure three poor sisters had a dowry by filling their shoes with gold in the middle of the night.  There are other gift givers out there, too, though, all over the world.  Many of the antique Santas and Belsnickles we treasure have origins in Germany, or are representation of the English Father Christmas.  Santa as we know him appeared in the mid-19th century, and is the creation of political cartoontist, Thomas Nast.  Some Victorian Santas wore pink, or patriotic attire.  German papier mache examples are often candy boxes disguised as dolls.

The Christmas Fairy who tops the tree also has her origins in German and English folklore, and the Christmas Angel is often made of wax or bears an antique china head.  Holt Howard made  china heads for angels with feathered bodies in teh 40s and 50s, and Annalee dolls began making their holiday felt creations by then. The December Issue of  Antique Doll Collector Magazine features an article on the history of The Christmas Fairy, too. There is also a beautiful piece on Neopolitan and  Nativity figures.

For more images of vintage and antique Christmas, go to The Golden Glow of Christmas Past  Facebook page.

Sweden has its vintage Christmas dolls made of straw and wood; what tree is complete without its Santa Lucia ornament?  For the record, I could sing the entire song dedicated to her in Swedish when I was 7 years old!

Christmas always meant dolls for me, whethere they were Nativity figures, ornaments, or gifts.  My mother would "kidnap" one of the dolls every Christmas and make him or her new clothes.  She looked all year for antique dolls to use as gifts, and one year,  I got two china heads!  Not bad for an 8  year old!

This year, perhaps you could share with us what your favorite Christmas doll was, if you still have her, and how dolls will share in your Christmas celebration this year.  You can use the comment boxes by just clicking on them to answer.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Welcome New Follower

We welcome our new follower, and encourage all of our readers to follow us and to comment on our blog.  Thank you!  I have a question for all of  you passionate doll collectors and dealers to ponder; how do we get those under age 25 to take interest in antique dolls?  Post your comments directly on this blog! Remember to check out our new wesbsite, too!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Creche Dolls; See More in our December Issue, Sneak Peek Below

Creche Dolls, Nativities, Santons and Santons-Angels we have Heard on High

    A Memoir by your Director of Social Media

My first memories of these dolls are of the vintage 40s and 50s nativites at my Grandma's every Christmas. I fell in love with the miniatures then, and with their tiny stables strewn with miniature pieces of hay. One even played music, and it fascinated me. My first encounters with religious images were with the pictures my Uncle showed me in my childrens book of Bible stories, and of the icons we had at home and in church.

First Vintage Figures

When I was about 5, and my grandparents and aunts and uncles moved, my mother took me to Woolworths, and my collection of nativities and religious dolls was born. There were bins and bins of tiny plaster figures, from one inch to six inches high, of The Holy Family, angels, shepards, The Magi, lambs, donkeys, cows, and all sorts of animals. They were made in Italy and Japan, and each year, we added to the set. I also had figures from my Grandma's nativity, and later, my babysitter gave me her first set, bought at Woolwoorths, in the early years of her marriage. These are now over 70 years old.

History of Nativity Figures

I became aware of the various other types of religious figures when I was 8, and received a much wanted book, "The Complete Book of Doll Collecting". by Helen Young, where I first saw photos of Santons de Provence, Creche dolls from all over the world, and religious jointed figures. I learned of the Neopolitan Creches and Spanish Precipios from my friend Mary Hillier and her landmark book, "Dolls and Dollmakers", when I was nine. She also had antique figures made of cake and gingerbread, somehow preserved, of Ruprecht carrying off a naughty child.

Origins of the Creche

 St. Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first creche. This was in the 13th century, but religious figures exist from Coptic Egypt, and paintings and sketches are even earlier. In the Catholic countries, from the time of St. Francis on, there were competitions among those who could afford them, to set up the most elaborate Nativity. These were articulated dolls of gesso covered wood, carved ivory, plaster, precious metals, you name it. Some of the female dolls were built over cages like the fashion dolls of the 13th-19th centuries made of wood and gesso. These are popular today. The child's book "Maria", and "The Museum of Mary Child" talk of handcarved religious figures like this, often mistaken as dolls. An artist of these is featured in the excellent film "The Extraordinary World of Doll Collecting", and in July Taymor's "Titus" [based on "Titus Andronicus" by Shakespeare].

Before Christianity, there were the Goddess figures, and the images that appear in early Judaism and Islam. Many of these appear in illuminations and mosaics. There are many representaitons of Buddha and Asian deities, the ancient world's Greco-Roman figures and statues, and of course, the Ancient Egyptian representation of the gods, often Ushabti.   There are angel museums in Beloit, WI, and many avid angel and Christmas collectors and clubs all over the world. The Metropolitan Museum's Renaissance and 18th century angels, featured on magnificent trees also have many fans.

Myself, I have more angels, Christmas dolls, and figures than I can count and I love them all. I have aobut 100 Nativites from all over the world, some miniscule, others jewelry, some dolls with clothing, and of course, my Woolworths figures that started it all.

Sneak Peek at our December Issue!

The well known papier mache and china doll expert Christiane Grafnitz has written a compelling article on the early dolls of J.D. Kestner. Records indicate that by 1815 J.D. Kestner was selling paper mache goods, including doll heads to other European countries, so we may assume that he began production even earlier. Christiane discusses the company’s paper mache production and shares some unusual examples, including the rare doll on our cover. Kestner sample sheets illustrating the rich variety of caps, bonnets and hats of that time complement her informative article.
A chance encounter with “Nelly” led Fritzi of Fritzi’s Antique Dolls to specialize in very large antique dolls measuring 36 to 42 inches.  Typically special ordered for a child from a family of means, they are difficult to find but worth the effort. In her article she shares some of her favorites.
In this country an angel or a star often tops our holiday trees, but in England it is the Christmas Fairy who deserves the place of honor. Margaret Kincaid has been collecting Christmas Fairies (not to be confused with angels who don’t carry wands) for years and shares them with us in her article on holiday traditions.
We return to my friend Ann Meehan’s house to take another fascinating tour of two dolls’ houses, a circa 1860 Georgian, purchased in London and a magnificent Mystery house, formerly in the Enchanted Dollhouse in Vermont. These elegant one-of-kind houses are rich with the trappings of a privileged and lavish lifestyle.
Jan Peterson counts among her many passions Cartes de Visite photos of little girls and their dolls and exquisite calling cards. The charming CDV’s in her article allow us to peek back in time to study the doll, children’s clothing, hairstyles and the furniture of the period. The colorful lithographed cards remind us of an earlier and gentler era.
The Bavarian Nationalmuseum in Munich is known for its outstanding collection
of Neapolitan, Sicilian, Tyrolean and Bavarian wood carvings including street scenes and nativity scenes. You will be amazed at the incredible artistry seen in these figures, buildings and accessories.
Check out our newly designed website: www.antiquedollcollector.com. We’ve even added a complete index… all issues dating from 1997 to our current issue. And for even more of your favorite antique and dolls visit us on our Blog: antiquedollcollectormagazine.blogspot.com 
Happy Holidays to all our Friends!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

This just in: 6 Fridays till Christmas!!

That's right!  Less than 10!  Do you know where all  your gifts for doll collecting friends are?  Don't panic, Dr. E is here to help!  A wonderful gift for doll lovers, especially antique doll lovers, is a subscription to our magazine, Antique Doll Collector. You can subscribe right on this blog by clicking on the icon of our October Issue.  Or, you can go to our website, or to our hard copy version.  We have a means of communication for everyone!  After all, there are as many kinds of collectors as there are dolls out there.  We also have two pages on Facebook you can get us, our page, and our site. We are also Twitter and our news appears at Doll Collecting at About.com, collectdolls.about.com, and we have a Pinterest Board and Flickr page.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thoughts on Dolls; PS; we have nearly 2000 Page Views! Thanks!

Those who know me have often heard me tout that this “greatness” in collecting can be achieved at every level. " Stuart Holbrook, Theriault's

I could not have said it better myself.   I was shocked the first time someone used "high end" to describe a doll.  That's a term I was familiar with from real estate class.  It's wonderful that dolls have achived the price ranges of fine art; it gains them, and those of us who collect, respect in circles outside the world of doll collecting.  Yet, I've written for you about my three collections.,  I love variety in all things; indee, I'm eclectic by nature.  I love that my dolls range from the sublime to the ridiculous  Doll collections, or "Dollections", become valuable over time, as they are nurtured.  Dolls become vintage when they are  kept in a collection and allowed to become part of the collector's life and culture, not when they are rapidly traded and speculated like stock.

So, Thank you, Stuart, Enjoy!  I hope you all well at the upcoming auction, and remember the spirit behind doll collecting as you bid!

Monday, November 10, 2014

An Inteview with Marina Tagger

 Below is another of our series in the writer of the month interviews:
Creche Figure, Marina Tagger Collection

When did you start collecting?

---In my heart, I  think I have always been a collector.  I remember spending time with my grandmother’s friends, and not being able to leave the bedroom, where two antique dolls were prominently displayed upon a large bed.  I even remember that friend telling my grandmother to “please keep an eye on Marina so that she does not touch the dolls...they are of great value!” I can still vividly recall their faces, which looked very much like the K*R 126 children.  There were many persistent questions for that friend about her wonderful dolls, but they were very quickly dismissed after only a few were answered, due to me being too much of a nag and not allowing the ladies to socialize. 

Another recollection that I have, is of the time when my family and I immigrated from the Ukraine.  We spent half a year in Vienna, Austria awaiting our papers.  I cannot recall the name of the hotel we were staying at, but I clearly recall a shop on the first floor, just outside of the hotel doors, where I spent my days staring inside of a window of a toy shop. In that window, was a large display of Barbie dolls (the first dolls to grace my collection), all dressed beautifully and going about their business. Oh how I wanted a Barbie doll! We were of very little means at the time, but my mother managed to put away some coins during our stay in Vienna, and one day she surprised me with a beautiful Barbie doll!!  What a joyous day that was for me!  I am sure that somewhere in that window, there is a permanent imprint of my face and hands!  

However, I think my ‘collecting’ turning point occurred when I was about 16 or 17 years of age.  My mother was quite concerned about my playing with dolls at such a ripe age. She proceeded to state to me that I should pack them up and give them away, since I was too old for this nonsense!  An immediate meeting was called with my grandmother on this matter! For you see, my grandmother also had a deep appreciation of dolls. As fate would have it, she also had two beautiful display cabinets, which were promptly offered to me for ‘doll display purposes’.  I remember coming to my mom and telling her that I no longer ‘played’ with dolls, but was becoming an official collector!  I was able to keep my dolls, and the rest is, well, history.

Have your tastes changed over the years?

--Yes and no!  My priority and passion in doll collecting is and always will be focused on the Kestner Co. made dolls. I think they are ingrained deeply in my soul.  However, I have never met a doll I didn’t like! With that said, I have developed interests in very early dolls (one of my dreams is to own a French court doll), such as Creche and woodens, as well as early Steiff children.  I think my tastes and my desires for a nice cross section of the doll world are ever evolving.

What are your favorite types of dolls?

--Kestners, Kestners, Kestners!!  I am hopeful that in a not too distant future, I will finally complete the Kestner book that I am working on, as well as a nice cross section of the dolls and items that were offered by this prolific company. 

What are the characteristics that attract you to a certain doll?

Ethnic Soldier, Marina Tagger
--Their craftsmanship, soulful eyes and personalities. The Kestner Co. is well known for their hauntingly beautiful children.  Of course I also very much enjoy the historical aspects of these dolls; where they were made, who made them, what other historical events surround that time period, etc.

Do you sew for your dolls?

--No! I am embarrassed to say, but I am the black sheep of the family when it comes to sewing.... My grandmother was a seamstress, specializing in women’s intimates. My mother sews beautifully as well. For me...let’s just say ‘it’s not my calling’. I can however do it if I am pressed to do so. :)

Are you looking for anything in particular?

--ALWAYS looking!!  I would love to add some early woodens to my collection! But once again, I will stick with my motto...”I’ve never met a doll I didn’t like!”  Having said this...there is always room for ‘one more’....

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Remember, Remember. the 10th of November!

Theriault's November 10th Rendezvous Auction has some wonderful vintage and antique dolls in affordable price ranges, including this wonderful DyDee Baby, mint, shown at right on our blog. There is also a set of Virga Playmates with fanciful hair colors, just perfect, their hard plastic immaculate.  I spied a brunette Toni, as well as several very good antiques and rare dolls with bidding predicted at moderate price ranges. Enjoy browsing the catalog, with link to Proxibid on Theriault's.com.  Don't forget the videos, online catalog for "Let the Music Begin" and other perks on the Theriault's website.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Let the Music Begin

In their own words, below, from Theriault's:

An old French children’s game, En Avant la Musqiue, graces the back cover of Theriault’s upcoming doll auction catalog and serves as the theme of the auction - “Let the Music Begin!” Begin indeed, and play on through, too. Exceptional dolls from private collections are featured ranging from those of the esteemed French firms of Bru, Jumeau, Schmitt, Steiner, and others, and highlighted by the extremely rare Jumeau art character 201, of which only one other example is known to exist. In fact, more than 25 Jumeau bébés are featured, some from the highly-sought early premiere series, as well as Bébé Triste in rare size 9 wearing her original couturier costume, fine Bébé E.J. in very rare size 16 with original Jumeau dress and signed Jumeau shoes, and petite bébés in sizes 1 and 2. Other rare bisque dolls range from those designed by Grace Corry Rockwell and Van Rozen, to a bevy of beautiful poupées, mostly with sought-after wooden bodies and including rarities such as the elegant Radiquet and Cordonnier lady. A fabulous collection of early Steiff dolls, a circus of Bucherer performers, very rare models of Door of Hope dolls, and an unbelievable original village of 25 dolls stand alongside wonderful automata including the rarest near mint peacock in original box with spreading feathers. A superb rare 28” Simon and Halbig 1388 lady doll flirts for the attention of a wonderful 24” model of K*R 107 Karl in original formal attire, while a family of Schoenhut children include rare early carved hair examples. The great diversity of the 350 wonderful dolls in the auction is yet in harmonious concert for one common theme prevails: the superb condition and originality of each doll. Plan to be at the auction when Stuart Holbrook signals the opening chords, and “Let the Music Begin!” 9" x 9". Softbound. Full-color.

Upcoming Auctions - Theriault's Antique Doll Auctions

Upcoming Auctions - Theriault's Antique Doll Auctions

A Wooden Doll Crossword Puzzle!

1. dolly ______ Schoenhut
3. Queen
4. these dolls carved cottonwood root
5. Hickory A real nut
10. Regina who loved dolls
11. Dolls Two ___ ___ and a Golliwog
12. of Hope Chinese, think Buck
15. carved appalachian doll
18. Male verision of witch,a doll
19. these heads come from a fruit tree
20. Japanese doll
22. ______Ellis
23. hundred thirty two number of Queen Victoria's dolls
24. Rumer's Heroine
25. white paste on Japanese dolls
2. Lord and Lady
6. Albert is his first name
7. NIADA artist who carved wood
8. Bark used to make dolls in Sweden
9. ____ and Taylor
13. doll the little wooden
14. Bebe Tout en
16. wooden version often used to make dolls
17. wood makes Door of Hope
21. dolls come from a house that has seven
22. fasten laundry or make dolls

26 of 26 words were placed into the puzzle.