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.

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