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50th Anniversary Auction Weekend January 10-12, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton in Santa Barbara, California



 

Saturday, January 11, 2020 — A document of history. An American tale that spans 172 years of history. And a 105 year living archive of one woman’s doll passion. That is the extraordinary story and collection of Huguette Clark, the beloved scion of the 19th century copper magnate, William A. Clark, he, once considered the richest man in America, and she, the 1920s ingenue darling of New York high society, who spent the final 20 years of her 105-year abundant life in self-chosen spartan rooms, which location was known only to a few confidantes and advisors, and which connection to the outside world was only by telephone, letter, or the gifting of generous tokens to her lifelong friends and their offspring. She, who in her final years, continued to add to her well-chosen collection of dolls, bidding by proxy from her attorney who described her only and mysteriously as “my unnamed client”.

The Huguette Clark auction appropriately centers the inauguration of Theriault’s 50th anniversary year. An early and continuing client of Theriault’s for decades, her dolls include many fine antique examples from that 50 year span, as well as privately commissioned Japanese art dolls from the famed G.T. Marsh firm of California, dolls and dollhouses from the Paris toy store Au Nain Bleu, the rarest of Madame Alexander 1950 art portrait dolls, and a delightful collection of BAPS dolls acquired from the original artists along with correspondence about her private wishes.
For details about the collection visit theriaults.com, contact info@theriaults.com or call 410-224-3655 for details about the auction or to order your 232-page catalog with color photographs and full descriptions of each doll, historical references, and foreword by Bill Dedman, author of Empty Mansions, The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark. View schedule.

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Absentee, live telephone and live internet bidding are available if you cannot attend. For more information email info@theriaults.com, or call 410-224-3655.


 

Sunday, January 12, 2020 — Throughout its 50th anniversary year, Theriault’s will echo catalog titles from the past, those that most captured the sense of history offered by our common past. “A Circle of Dolls” was the theme of Theriault’s October, 1981 catalog auction, the title inspired by Frenchman architect, Pierre Charles L’Enfant, whose designs concerned the use of interlocking circles to unify people and places. This is, fittingly, the first commemorative title chosen, a nod to the circles of friendship formed by our common interest of dolls. Highlighting the auction are dolls from the estate of Connie Frank of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, whose enthusiastic pleasure in dolls and toys graced the auction rooms of Theriault’s for nearly two decades.

Dolls in the auction range from a very fine early English wooden lady to America’s own Izannah Walker cloth doll, from German bisque googlies to rare Schoenhut models, from the wistful children of Kathe Kruse to all-bisque mignonettes. There are fine early porcelain ladies, rare early Steiff children and American cloth studio dolls, and even two very fine early dollhouse, in short, what is known as “something for all”, yet with the added note “only the best”. Of particular specialty interest is Part I of the The Evelyn Ackerman collection of Schoenhut’s Humpty Dumpty Circus, presented in her early research book, Under the Big Top, including such rarities as The Bandwagon with band members, Teddy’s Adventures in Africa, and the Show Wagon featuring the characters Foxy Grandpa, Jockey and Baby. A fabulous collection of 25 early Steiff Teddy Bears including cinnamon blank button, apricot blank button, center seam, and teddy baby competes for attention with an outstanding group of 15 early Martha Thompson portrait dolls with provenance.
Over 300 dolls and playthings are offered at the auction, each photographed and fully described in the catalog and available for bidding live at the auction, bidding online, bidding by telephone, or absentee bidding. For more information about the auction or to order the catalog, A Circle of Dolls, visit theriaults.com, email info@theriaults.com, or call 410-224-3655. View schedule.

VIEW AUCTION NOW

MANY WAYS TO BID 
Absentee, live telephone and live internet bidding are available if you cannot attend. For more information email info@theriaults.com, or call 410-224-3655.

 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, January 10, 2020
5:00-7:00 PM PST - Early Preview
7:00 PM PST - Cheval d’Or 50th Anniversary Banquet (Invite Event)
Saturday, January 11, 2020
The Important Dolls of Huguette Clark
9:00 AM PST - Walk-through with Florence Theriault
9:30 AM PST - Auction Preview
11:00 AM PST - Auction Begins
Sunday, January 12, 2020
9:00 AM PST - Auction Preview
11:00 AM PST - Auction Begins
 
LOCATION
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
8301 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Tel. 805-968-0100