Tuesday, July 28, 2015

UFDC and Golden Glow of Christmas Convention News

It has been a busy July  for "Antique Doll Collector Magazine." Keith and Donna Kaonis just returned from UFDC with fabulous photos of blue ribbon dolls to be seen in upcoming issues.  Also coming soon will be the fabulous UFDC exhibit, "American Women Dream in Cloth: Cottage Industry in the US 1840-1930."

Dolls displayed by Rick Saxman

The UFDC Convention salesroom opened Thursday evening, July 16 to great crowds and lots of enthusiasm and buying

Displayed by Lynn Murray and Marshall Martin

They currently attended the Golden Glow Convention in Lancaster, PA. , an organization for those who enjoy collecting antique Christmas. The "Antique Doll Collector Magazine" December issue will feature the rarest of the rare antique Christmas decorations from the Golden Glow convention as well as holiday items from museums in Europe. Golden Glow has a wonderful Facebook Page, as well. 

"Golden Glow" Public Domain Image

There is no better time than now to subscribe to "Antique Doll Collector Magazine!" New subscribers receive an extra issue (13 total) free. Also,  we have a complete index to all our articles on our website. Click on back issues and that will take you to a link for the index. 

Among Friends Press Release by Theriault's

Rare  Dolls  Sizzle  at  Theriault's  Annual  Summer  Auction  
Collectors  eagerly  thronged  to  Theriault's  annual  midsummer  auction  of  antique dolls  despite  the  record  heat  wave  which  swept  the  region.  The  weather sizzled,  and  so  did  the  prices.  

The  auction, “Among  Friends”, featured  the  private  collection  of  Billie  and  Paige Welker  of  North  Carolina,  which  fittingly,  included  five  examples  of  the American  cloth  doll  known  as  "Maggie Bessie",  made  from  the  end  of  the 1800s  until  about  1935  in the then small  Moravian  community  of  Winston-­Salem,  North Carolina , by  two  sisters,  Maggie  and  Bessie  Pfohl.  
The  earliest  example,  known  as  "Miss  Chitty",was  actually  rendered  by Elizabeth  Chitty,  an  instructor  in needlework  and  mathematics,  who  collaborated with  the  sisters  in  the  design  of  their  doll.

Few  examples  by  Chitty  are  known  to  exist.  At  the  Theriault‘s  
auction,  an  example in  as found  condition,  soared  to  $8500  (pre-­sale  estimate  $2500/$4500).  Other  examples  of  the  Maggie
Bessie  dolls  sold  at $9500,  $8500  (with  painted  ears),  $13,000,  
and  $9000.

American  cloth  dolls generally  were  quite  strong.  
An  Izannah  Walker  doll  with  ringlet  curls  and  rare  blue  cloth  body  hammered down  at  $29,000  (pre-sale  estimate  $12,000/$18,000);
a  26"  black  cloth  "Mammy"  doll  by  Martha  Chase  reached  $12,500  (pre-sale estimate  $6000/$8500);and  an  early  cloth doll"Nana",one
-­of-a-kind made  by  American  artist  Dewees Cochran  in  1935,  with documentation  from  the  artist,  fetched  $12,000  (pre-sale  estimate 

Contrasting  the  plain-folk  simplicity  of  American  cloth
at  the  Theriault’s auction  "Among  Friends" , were  elegant  and  
exquisite poupees  and  bebes  by  French  dollmakers  of  the  19th  century.  A petite  14"  poupee  by  Leontine  Rohmer  with  trousseau  reached  $22,000  (pre-­sale $15,000/$22,000) and  a  gorgeous  26"  
portrait  poupee  by  Jumeau  went  to  $18,500  (pre-sale  $12,000/

Size  does  count -­small  size,  that  is  -­for  the  growing  coterie  of  collectors  who cherish  the  tiny  size  0  and  1  bebes.  An  especially  dear  91/2"  bebe  A.T.,  size 1,  more  than  doubled  its  pre-sale  estimate,  topping  at  $40,000.  Other  bebes  included  a  black-­complexioned  Bru  Jne  at  $18,500;12"  portrait  bebe  by  Jumeau  at  $14,000;21"  blue-eyed  Bru  bebe  at  $23,000;tiny  8"  Series  B  bebe  by  Jules Steiner  at  $16,000; the  very  rare  Bebe  Clement  with  hollow  leatherbody  at $24,000; and  a  gorgeous  22"  Bebe  A.T.  with  distinctive  eye  decoration  at $31,000,  each  solidly  within  or  above  pre-­sale  estimates.  

Miniature Wax Lady under Dome with Spinning Wheel, Among Friends Auction

2 Brown Bisque Babies from Among Friends Auction

 German  bisque  art  characters  whose  expressions  rang ed  from  pouting  to  serene  to  wistful  to just  plain  mischievous  were avidly  sought at  Theriault's  auction ,  too.  Featured  on  the  catalog  cover  was  an  extremely  rare  example  of  an  aged  and  strong-­featured  woman; she  fought  her  way  to  a  vigorous  $42,500  (pre-­sale  estimate  $30,000/$40,000).  Contrarily,  the  very  beautiful  painted-­eye  lady,  model  152  by  Simon  and  Halbig,  said  to  be  a  portrait  of  German  social  reformer  Rosa  Luxemburg,  topped  at  $23,000  (pre-­sale  estimate  $11,000/$17,000).  Another  rare  character  by  Simon  and  Halbig  from  their 1300  series  was  wonderfully  silk -­costumed  as  Polichinelle,  topping  at  $31,000  (pre-sale  estimate  $11000/18,000);and  a  superb  all -original  12"  model  of  Kammer  and  Reinhardt's  102  art  character  in  Tyrolean  costume  hammered  at  $24,000  (pre-sale  $11,000/$15,000).  

 The  popularity  of  googly-eyed  dolls  continues,  too.  A  rare  14"  winking  googly  with  sculpted  hat  by  Gebruder  Knoch  topped  at  $8000  
$42,500 against pre-sale estimate of $30,000/40,000
(pre-­sale  $5000/$7500);a  double -face  helmet  googly  by  Max  Handwerck  was  $2700  (pre-sale  estimate  $1500/2100); and  an  extremely  rare  19"  winking  googly,  model  175,  by  Hertel  and  Schwab,  soared  to  $30,000  (pre-sale  $5000/$8000)  to  a  collector  who  said  she  had  waited  for  this  doll  to  come  on  the  market  for  nearly  20  years.  

The  auction  also  included  the  famed  Mary  Eveline  Sicard  collection  of  Chinese  Door  of  Hope  dolls,  made  in  that  Shanghai  mission  in  the  early  years  of  the  1900s.  Among  the  examples  sold  were  a  group  of  children  whose  selling  prices  ranged  from  $1500  to  $4500,  a  Buddhist  priest  at  $4000;  a  Buddhist  girl  nun  at  $7000;  a  hospital  nurse  at  $6500;and  various  traditional  and  modern  brides  with  hammer  prices  from  $1200  to  $3750.

The  Annapolis,  Maryland firm  of  Theriault's  has  specialized  in  the  auction  of  antique  dolls  and  childhood  ephemera  for  45  years.  
The  entire  catalog  and  results  can  be  viewed  at  www.theriaults.com.  A  wonderful  160  page  full-color,  hard –­bound  catalog  of  the  auction,  titled  "Among  Friends"  is  available  at  www.theriaults.com or  by  calling  800-638-0422.  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

In Memoriam: Mary Krombholz by our Editor, Donna Kaonis

In Our Memories Mary Krombholz; Also Published in a

Mary Krombholz, Public Domain Image

One of Mary's books, The Story of German Doll Making: 1530-2000

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Krombholz, a tireless researcher devoted to our understanding of the German doll industry. Mary was a prolific writer for this magazine, an author of seven groundbreaking books on German dolls and a judge for UFDC. When I last spoke with her, she was planning several articles resulting from a recent trip to Germany. Her boundless enthusiasm was infectious and thoroughly delightful.

Since 1993 Mary traveled every year to Germany to research dolls. Her efforts have enabled collectors to identify previously unknown china and parian-type dolls.

Mary’s activities were not confined to dolls; she was a member of several Cincinnati philanthropic organizations and a trained landscape gardener. She leaves behind her husband Herb, two children, and two grandchildren. I will miss her and I know that many of you who knew Mary personally or benefitted from her important books feel the same.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

August Sneak Peek!

In Our August 2015 Issue

August 2015 Cover

Ann Coleman’s purchase of a catalog featuring felt dolls set off a search that would involve several more years of researching and collecting, eventually leading to this article on “Margot” dolls. Bearing a remarkable resemblance to Lenci dolls which, coincidentally were also made in Turin, Italy, Ann, Samy Odin and Nancy Lazenby have shared a rare catalogue and dolls that they have identified as being made by Margot.
When Robyn Katz gave a program on male dolls for her local doll club she was pleasantly surprised to learn that she had, over the years, accumulated a significant number of men and boys. In her article she shares her collection, the majority of which are very early, and often possessing wonderful molded hats.
It began when Joy Harrington purchased her first doll by Izannah Walker in 2003. As time went on four others were added, and naturally they needed a place to call home. In the meantime Joy had been buying 19th century furnishings and accessories in the proper scale for her Izannah’s. It all came together when she had a large cupboard made for them so they could enjoy their very own comfortable house. An enchanting story you will love!
In this early history of the Vogue Ginny dolls, one of American’s most popular dolls success stories, Peggy Millhouse presents the wonderful costumes, original “Just Me” dolls and the beginning of the Toddles dolls. A company begun by Jenny Graves in 1922, her sewing talents and intuitive feelings about what little girls wanted to play with catapulted her to a stellar career.
We also bring you highlights from the Toledo doll and bear show and the June Gaithersburg doll show.
Happy Collecting!
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review: Love, Shirley Temple Catalog

Love, Shirley Temple
by Donna C. Kaonis

Catalog for Love, Shirley Temple. Courtesy, Theriault's

I could hardly put down  “Love Shirley Temple,” the hard cover volume containing the lifetime memorabilia of Shirley Temple.  The movie costumes, props, dolls, toys and celebrity memorabilia belonging to the iconic child star was  a journey through the Golden Age of Hollywood, whose reigning star during the 1930s was this incredibly multi-talented little girl. An enormous  hard cover book produced by Theriault’s, it is over 350 pages and will surprise and delight you, especially if like me, you enjoy watching old movies. It just might become your favorite coffee table book! 

Growing up in the fifties I had missed seeing Shirley Temple on the big screen, but with the advent of  television, there she was, and like millions of other baby boomers, she captivated us. For four years during the 1930’s she was the world’s box number one office champion. Famous co-stars, movie producers, directors, political figures and various admirers showered her with dolls, the majority contemporary at the time, but a few much earlier. Some might have assumed that Shirley’s doll collection would consist solely of S.T.  dolls, but the vast majority of dolls were popular dolls and toys from the 1930’s; this includes Madame Alexander (including eight mystery dolls), Cameo, Lenci, Georgene Novelties, Effanbee, Arranbee, Ideal, Disney, Nancy Ann Storybook, Swiss wooden dolls, Knickerbocker, Schuco, German bisque, Schoenhut, Farnell, Freundlich, teddy bears, Asian dolls, dolls from artists Mary McAboy and Mary Frances Woods and many more.  Of course the Shirley Temple dolls are the best of the best, all in original clothing, and many in one-of-a-kind costumes made in the wardrobe department using the same fabrics and trims as Shirley’s costumes. Vintage photographs show the young star with many of these dolls which remain in remarkable condition. 

Shirley’s mother, Gertrude Temple kept everything! The amazing costumes worn by Shirley in forty films, dolls, toys, scripts, photos, celebrity photos autographed to Shirley, letters and notes, costume sketches, movie posters, props  and more.  Expensive gifts…a child-size racing car given to her by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a diamond-studded police chief badge, the  Steinway baby grand piano gifted to her by the Steinway family, a personal autograph album with hand-colored illustrations by Disney artists, a Charlie McCarthy doll presented to Shirley by Edgar Bergen, a gorgeous beaded suede dress and moccasins from the Blackfoot Indians, the hand-tooled leather saddle from the CEO of 20th Century Fox….the list goes on and  on. Even political memorabilia…. letters from J. Edgar Hoover, governors, the secretary of treasury and president Franklin Roosevelt. 

Beginning in late April the collection was on view at museums across the country - in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, Texas, Kentucky and lastly in Kansas City, Missouri where the collection attracted not only doll collectors, but collectors of Hollywood memorabilia and a worldwide fan base. Along with her movies, this commemorative volume, an amazing compilation by Florence Theriault, celebrates the extraordinary life of this legendary child-star.

Hardcover, 10.5 x 10.5 inches, 356 pages, $75. Order from Theriaults.com

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

An interview with collector and dealer Alicia Carver

A grouping of early China dolls that remind me of regency gentle women.

When did you start collecting?
I began collecting general antiques in my twenties when I was a student in Boston, MA.  On the weekends, I preferred rummaging thrift stores and antique stores for buried treasures, my favorite being 19th century decorative arts.  It wasn’t until my 40’s that I discovered antique dolls. I knew when I held my first one that I had come home.  

A family of early peg wooden China dolls whose clothing I restored

Have your tastes changed over the years?
My tastes have come full circle.  When I began collecting I was especially fond of early dolls of papier mache and glazed porcelain. Later, I found myself drawn to early bisque child dolls made by Simon Halbig, bisque characters, and, as of late, early Steiff.  I ventured into French fashions and other bisque dolls for a while, but eventually sold them and returned to collecting dolls from the 1840’s - 1860’s. 

Placid 29” Schalggenwald China doll.

What are your favorite types of dolls?
Dolls with a serene countenance draw me in and dolls in original clothing are a rare treasure indeed.

Do you sew for your dolls?
I am an impatient seamstress and prefer to embellish and repair original clothing than to create from scratch. However, that is not a luxury I can frequently indulge and do find myself sewing more often than not out of pure necessity.

An early bisque child doll by ABG dressed in 1860’s fashion.  I call her my German “Huret.”

Are you looking for anything in particular, etc. 
I never know what I am looking for next but I always know it when I find it. In between the finds, I study and delve into doll scholarship so that I may get “lucky” at that next country auction or doll show. I really believe in the words of Roman philosopher Seneca, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”