Paul Cezanne, the celebrated French Post-Impressionist artist wrote, “With an apple I will astonish Paris”. And that he did.
In the smaller world of dolls, one might also bestow that praise on Emile Jumeau who throughout his decades-long reign of the French doll world continued to astonish all with his imaginative designs. Notable among the Jumeau designs was the Series Fantastique introduced in 1892, coincidentally during the very peak of the Cezanne era, and notable among the models of that series was the virtually never-found 218, portrait of an astonished child. It is that rare doll that highlights Theriault’s eagerly-awaited annual Summer Marquis auction to be conducted July 10 and 11 in Annapolis Maryland at Theriault’s studio gallery.
Two important private collections are headlined at the July Marquis auctions. Saturday will center on Part I of the Luann Guleserian Collection. Over several decades the very private California collector sought the rare and unusual of French and German bisque. Her dolls range from the stunningly beautiful bébé by Thuillier which years ago appeared on the cover of a Theriault’s catalog to the beloved early Simon and Halbig series such as “Wendy” and model 128. Small dolls were her favorites and collectors will be thrilled at the number of petite cabinet size dolls to be offered ranging from rare Steiner bébés to gorgeous Bru bébés in sizes 1 and 2. The Saturday auction also includes a wonderful collection of Galluba and Hoffman bathing beauties, wooden-bodied French poupées including the very rare marked Lily, all-bisque mignonettes, fine early wooden and paper mache dolls, American cloth, alluring automata, and unusual rarities such as a remarkable salesman’s sample barber chair and rarest of teddy bears including 28” Steiff center-seam, Steiff Petsy, and Jopi musical bear.
The fun continues on Sunday, July 11 with a plenitude of more wonderful French and German dolls, and features the private collection of well-known Texas collection, Mary Lee Stallings. In addition to her fine antique dolls, she seriously collected the dolls from her own childhood remembrance, particularly the celebrity dolls of the 1930s as well as the entire Patsy and Skippy family of which the auction offers remarkable little-known examples. Too, there are dolls from Dewees Cochran studio, the sought-after Cissy fashion doll by Madame Alexander, Lenci, more Steiff rarities, French toys, miniature rooms, and all the surprises you’ve come to expect at a Theriault’s Marquis auction. Both days promise wonderful childhood treasures, 1780-1950, that will keep collectors wide-eyed and entertained.
The 200-page full-color catalog with detailed descriptions of each lot can be ordered for $59. For more information or to order the catalog click here or call 410-224-3655.
There are many options for bidding including traditional absentee bidding, live telephone bidding, live internet bidding, and pre-bidding on internet. Collectors are invited to telephone Theriault’s customer service at 410-224-3655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can also be made to remotely view specific lots prior to the auction.
A limited edition collectible book which includes award-winning photographs of every doll, detailed description and historical background, and pre-sale estimate is available to order now. Shipping is free, and the books are sent priority mail. And after the auction you will receive prices realized to keep with the book forever. To order click here, email email@example.com, or call 410-224-3655.
The auction begins at 11AM Eastern each day. We welcome absentee bidding, live telephone bidding, and live bidding on the internet. Too, you can “tune-in” to the online auction and watch and listen to the entire event. Questions? Give us a call and we’ll help you choose the bidding option that is best for you.
The auction will take place at the Theriault's Studio in Annapolis, Maryland. For auction information call Theriault’s at 410-224-3655 M-F 9AM-5PM EST or go online to theriaults.com.
Our New Service
Face2Live is Theriault’s new service that allows you to schedule an appointment to view on live video feed close-ups of a few dolls you are most interested in. Simply click the handy button on the side of the bottom left of the page. From there you will be connected to one of our staff on video chat (you do not have to be on video yourself) who can either get the doll you are interested in right then or schedule an appointment with you later. A great way to get a close up look of features and face in a live private video session. M-F 9AM-4PM.
How To Bid. Choose the dolls that "speak" to you, and have the fun! You can bid absentee, bid live on the telephone, or bid live on the internet. For more information, please contact us at 410-224-3655 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.