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.




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dolls of Britanny

Our November issue features a unique article "Doll Treasures from  Brittany, France: A Historical and Cultural Perspective," by Elizabeth Schmahl and Carmen Farrell, including family photos form Vanessa Brunel.  This article is well-written, going into the Celtic heritage of La Bretagne, one of 27 regions of France located in its Northwest.  One interesting point the article makes is that the beautiful, lace trimmed costumes with their lace trimmed headdresses first appeared after The French Revolution.  The authors have illustrated their work with lovely postcards, paintings, photographs, and of course, dolls, that showcase Breton costume.  Dolls by Jumeau, Unis, Ravca, Poupees Venus, and S.F.B.J. all appear wearing Breton dress.  Celluloid and wax dolls are also featured. I especially appreciate the photos and sketches of miniature furniture popular to the region. My favorite iece is a lit clos, or bed housed in an elaborate cupboard.  Two darling little bisque mini dolls are photographed with the lit clos, which reminds me of Cathy's bed in Wuthering Heights. The authors of this well-researched piece leave no stone unturned, and even give a brief history of the faience pottery which originated in the town of Quimper, and which dates to Roman times.  Pottery showing more costumes of Britanny is also shown.  The dolls of Brittany seem to include everything I love about dolls, history and collecting:  the Celts, French dolls, pottry, the ocean an Romans.  What's not to love?!

Jumeau Highlights from our Current Issue

Laughing gleefully on the cover of ADC is a fantastically rare Jumeau 201, never auctioned before, only one of two known examples.  Will she surpass the Bonham's doll coup d' etat where a K*R rare model nearly reached the $400,000.00 mark?  Tune in Saturday, November 22nd and "Let the Music Begin!".  There will be more than 25 Jumeau bebes in the auction and a rare Jumeau Triste in size 9. Many of these Jumeaux will have signed shoes and Jumeau dresses.

Sewing for Jumeau, M. Kincaid