Thursday, August 27, 2015

More Love, Shirley Temple Coming!

See below from Theriault's:

Love, Shirley Temple is not done yet! Theriault's is excited and pleased to announce to all the Shirley fans across the world that a "Part 2" of this historic auction will take place this fall. Encompassing over 400 items, this event will focus heavily on Shirley's teen years with selections of movie memorabilia and costumes. As well, Shirley's own personal collection of 100 Rosenau Cinderella dresses, her personal collection of dolls from the 50's, items from her now legendary Storybook TV show, and more finds from her childhood recently uncovered in the vaults. The event will take place on Sunday, November 22 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where special Theriault room rates await. Finally, so as to complete a beautiful matching set, a Volume 2 of the catalog will be hard bound and matching to your now prized Volume 1 and will be available to order next week for delivery in early November. Get ready Shirley fans...the excitement continues!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Some Notes and Comments on our September Issue

When I was growing up and in school in the 80s, September was Doll Collecting month, and many displays of interesting dolls would pop up.  I have to say that this year's September issue is an interesting doll exhibit condensed into magazine form!

I though I would comment on a couple points, especially the recent auctions and auction results.

It isn't that money is my thing; my dolls range from the sublime to the ridiculous in value and type. I wouldn't have it any other way.  Yet, it is good to see that dolls are still a healthy investment, in light of the shenanigans going on on Wall Street this week, especially.  Also, the prices realize give dolls and collectors of antique dolls, respect.  Fine antiques have entered the realm of fine art, so for these reasons, I like to comment on auction results from time to time.

"Love, Shirley Temple" by Theriault's took place July 14, and was a production in itself, with Shirley Temples served to all and music and film clips from Temple's films.  The iconic polka dot "Stand up and Cheer" dress fetched a whopping $75,000, which made very one present, well, stand up and cheer!  The 69 inch Iki-Ningyo, or living Japanese doll, my favorite, sold for $13,000.  I have photos of her from when she was on display at Stanford Children's Hospital, and I'm proudly standing next to her in one photo, taken when I had just turned 11.  The doll is bigger than I am!

Mystery German Character from our July Cover

Even after the frenzied excitement of "Love, Shirley Temple", Theriault's "Among Friends" realized amazing and impressive prices for unusual French and German Bisque dolls.  For instance, A Bebe A.T. size 9 realized $31,000, while a German Bisque  doll protrait by a mystery doll maker fetched $42,500, well above the $30,000-something estimate. Her dour, realistic face fairly screams "I told you so!!"

69 inch Japanese Doll

A gorgeous character, Model 152 by Simon and Halbig fetched $26,000.  A petite and lovely Bebe A.T. size 1, also by Andre Thuillier , brought $40,000.

Frasher's also had an auction going on July 15 during Convention week.  My favorite, a very rare French bisque art character by Van Rozen, about 1915, sold for $11,200.  This doll has great provenance, she used to "live" in the Dorothy Dixon and Winnie Langley collection.  I'd love to see a catalog of this collection from its auction, if there is one.  And, if anyone knows where the pewter head Huret from this collection went, please let me know!

Model 152 Simon and Halbig

McMasters Harris two day auction took place July 29-30.  A lovely, 12 inch Schmitt, marked bisque heads, pierced ears, and straight wrist comp/wood body, sold for $14,750.

Many more great doll events are scheduled for this month and this fall, including one in Paris!  Read about all of them in our September issue.  Happy Collecting!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mystery Doll of Wood or Clay

Wooden or Clay?  Dress Reads 1870

Her owner M. Pike says : "This one I think has maybe a wooden face; I am not 100% sure its hands are the same material as its face,  and the legs look to be cloth. Her arms move up and down at the same time and she's abut 10" high and is on a wooden stand with a pole going up into her bottom. Someone has cello taped  a piece of paper on the stand that says c1870,  but not sure if that is her real age. She looks a bit better in her photos than she does in real life . She doesn't look so new. I have another doll who looks similar face-wise,  and her arms move,  but she is dressed as a maid."

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Raggedy Ann!

In just a matter of days, Raggedy Ann will turn 100! She has been popular from day one. I have many wonderful memories of her, and have many vintage Raggedies in my collection, along with other Raggedy objects.  Look for posts to come featuring her story, as well as interesting links about her. For example, did you know that she was the subject of a lawsuit between her creator Johnny Gruelle and Molley Goldman? Closer to home, Ann and Andy are the names of my next-door neighbors! Raggedy Ann inspired all things good for me when I was growing up, including kindness towards others and a love of reading.  My third grade teacher used to read to us from the Raggedy Ann books on a regular basis.  Even the boys listened quietly to the adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy.  What are your favorite stories involving Raggedy Ann and Andy?  Please share them with us by commenting on our blog.

A Variety of Soft dolls from the Love, Shirley Temple Auction
including Raggedy Andy. Courtesy, Theriault's.

Volland Ann and Andy, Blackler Collection.  Courtesy, Theriault's

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mystery Doll Photos

Below is a mystery doll, with a wooden body and metal heads.  Is she a composite doll?  What about the wig label?  Doll Sleuth's, get out your magnifying glass and Inverness capes, Channel Christie, Watson, Holmes, read up our friend Deb Baker's mystery novels about doll collectors, and tell us what you think!!

Thanks, to K.A., for showing us her wonderful doll! 

Close-up of metal joints
Colorful label under doll's apparently mohair wig

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sneak Peek! In Our September Issue

Our September issue truly has something for everyone. Our fantastic cover depicts a few of the highlights from the upcoming Ladenburger Speilzeugauktion. A museum collection from Austria, it is sure to entice collectors of antique dolls and toys.
Lois Cohorst shares some of her favorite cloth dolls in her article “Rags to Riches” featuring many one-of-kind folk dolls as well as dolls from well known makers. No doubt most of these artists would be astounded at what some of their creations bring today!
Who knew there was such variety among Frozen Charlies and Charlottes! They even have hairstyles which date them to the period when those hairstyles were in fashion. Penny Hadfield shows us how to display your collection in such a way to maximize their appeal. 
Rare accessories made exclusively by and for Tynietoy are the focus of Susan Milmore’s article (dollhouse collectors note that she is also known as Susan Grimshaw). Items that were not shown in the catalogs, often hand painted and quite individual, they were expensive at the time and are highly coveted today.
Ginger Strain recently wrote on small-sized unbreakable French composition dolls known as incassables. In our September issue she shares the larger dolls that have that unmistakable French look, in spite of being made of a heavy composition material. They have the added advantage of being much less expensive!
Also in this issue highlights from the Kathe Kruse Museum in Donauwörth. Housed in a former monastery, it exhibits rare Kruse dolls including the seldom seen dollhouse dolls.
This issue begins our coverage of the UFDC national convention…the fabulous salesroom and part I of the antique competitive exhibit. While we can’t shop in the competitive exhibit, we most certainly can in the salesroom! Some of these dolls may still be available!
Check out the exciting auction results including the remarkable Shirley Temple auction!
Happy Collecting!
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

An Interview with Elizabeth Ann Coleman

When did you start collecting? 

As pre-teen children my late sister, Evelyn Jane, and I were each given what we were told were “antique” dolls. Today they would have been referred to as “vintage” as they were not as old as then thought. They were low brow chinas. Because family members were busy doing genealogy at the time, the Hertwig named one had to be rechristened because “Ethel” was not a family name. These two dolls joined a selection of play dolls from our own and our mother’s generation and regional dolls that had been bestowed on us since infancy. But it was these two dolls that piqued our interest in older type dolls which we were then lucky enough to expand over a two year period in Europe, where we put allowance and gift monies into the acquisition of genuinely old but affordable dolls. Santa helped, but with newer collector-type dolls created in England. Many people think that it was my late mother, Dorothy, who had the interest in dolls but actually that honor goes to my sister and me. My mother joined in because, like us, her intellectual curiosity was piqued.

Christening Party 1864  Elizabeth Ann Coleman Collection

Have your tastes changed over the years? 
Not really, early dolls are still favorites and all my dolls, whether old or newer, are viewed as a learning opportunity. The collection I have is extremely eclectic as often the dolls were acquired for the research opportunities they offered. For instance I have a visually unappealing but extremely rare early 1890s composition doll head marked under its peeling surface: FADF – First American Doll Factory. This was the company founded by a Russian immigrant, Solomon Hoffman, whose composition and production techniques formed the basis of the whole American composition doll industry that was to be so important in the first half of the 20th century.
Constantinople Couple c. 1840  Elizabeth Ann Coleman Collection

What are your favorite types of dolls?
Porcelain shoulder headed dolls (china, Parian and tinted bisque) are definitely number one, followed by the unusual in any category. I also appreciate dolls in original attire, regional as well as those dressed in western fashions, dolls with wardrobes, and dolls with interesting histories. Presently porcelain shoulder headed dolls have taken a front seat as I try, with the assistance of a friend, to complete the work started by my late mother and sister. Hopefully, in due course, we will be able to share with interested collectors our ever-increasing connections. At present collectors only recognize a few of these products by company name when there are hundreds of possibilities.
Elaine Elizabeth Ann Coleman Collection

What are the characteristics that attract you to a certain doll?
Age; something’s place in the history of doll making and usage, and if applicable, condition-preservation issues are all something I think about when acquiring a particular doll. Because I have such a rich library and archive at hand, it is perhaps easier for me to track the background of many dolls. Over the years I have been able to assist many scholars and interested individuals both within the doll collecting field and without in their quest for information on not just doll identification, but matters of appropriated apparel, provenance, merchandizing, etc. 

Do you sew for your dolls?
Definitely not. I like to say if I want to increase my four letter word vocabulary I will pick up a needle. I leave that, what I see as a chore, to those who gain so much pleasure from that exercise. It would be a dull doll collecting world if we all strove for the same goals. Very few of my dolls have “vintage” or currently made apparel. The majority have appropriate period or commercially made attire, moth holes and mouse chews included as they are all part of the venerable story which an old doll continues to tell.
Haas Fischer Nauman “Allan Albert”  Elizabeth Ann Coleman Collection

Are you looking for anything in particular, etc. 

Porcelain shoulder headed dolls that expand my current work; they can be either common or unusual, as they all are pieces in a huge and very complex puzzle. Also any documentation that expands on knowledge of all aspects related to dolls – play, production, collecting, etc. Oh yes, I am always looking for more space in which to display and store my doll related holding. This latter point however is only a dream.
Wax Over “Charles” Elizabeth Ann Coleman Collection

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Jumeau Reclame Bebe

In the August "Antique Doll Collector Magazine"  is an ad for a lovely doll, The Jumeau Reclame Bebe. The ad is by Mary Ann Spinelli.  This is just one of the lovely doll's that are pictured among the pages of our magazine. She is 18 1/3 inches high with "Au Louvre Paris" stamped on her shoe. According to Susan Robison of "Dolls and Lace" on Rubylane, "This sweet antique Jumeau doll is referred to as a Bebe Reclame, due to the "scrubbed" Tete Jumeau mark at the back of her head." The marks were at first "scrubbed," then removed, because Jumeau sold these dolls to various department stores, like Louvre, who would then sell them under their on name.  There is another lovely example on Doll Shops United, at, The Faraway Antique Shop.

Also featured in the August issue are some lovely photos from the Gaithersburg Doll Show.  Antique Dolls seem to be more popular than ever, with many wonderful examples coming to light.  Happy collecting!

Marion Maus Display, Gaithersburg Doll Show