8" (20 cm.) l. parasol. The fashionable group includes bone-handled parasol with ivory silk cover trimmed with lavender lace (some frailty to silk), mauve velvet purse, brown kidskin purse with silver studs, brown kidskin coin purse with belt attachment, kidskin gloves, unusual woven hat with fringed ivory silk banding, opera glasses, gilt ormolu lorgnette, and pocket watch with attached turquoise brooch. Excellent condition. French, circa 1875.
13" (33 cm.) Pressed-bisque socket head with rounded facial shape, almond-shaped small brown glass paperweight inset eyes, black encircling eyeliner, painted short lashes, feathered brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth with outlined lips, softly blushed cheeks, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden eight-loose-ball-jointed body with straight wrists, wearing lovely silk costume in the vintage manner. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 3/0 H. Comments: Aristide Halopeau, successor to the Barrois firm, circa 1884. Only one facial model of his bebe, marked "H", was made, and, as indicated by extant examples today, appeared in very small numbers. Value Points: very endearing and gentle facial expression on the rare bebe with finest quality of bisque, original body and body finish.
5 1/2" (14 cm.) Bronze cast chair with gilded finish has shaped cabriole legs, curved arms, and detailed carving of back frame, fitted with original silk having hand-painted scenes in the romantic 18th century style. Excellent condition, some wear to upholstery. French, circa 1880.
8" (20 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque torso, blue glass enamel inset eyes, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with accented lips, blonde mohair wig in long braid, peg-jointed bisque arms and legs, painted knee-high white stockings with magenta rims and black five-lace heeled boots, lovely silk costume. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Germany, attributed to Kling, circa 1880. Value Points: very beautiful early doll with brilliant eyes, fancy boots, finest complexion.
7" (18 cm.) l. parasol. From the golden era of French poupees, the collection includes bone-handled parasol with blue silk cover and ivory fringe, porcelain wash bowl and pitcher with gilt edging and floral trim, folding fan with hand-painted details, chatelaine with three various attachments including cologne vial; enameled hand mirror with figural handle and hand-painted scene in the 18th century style, and 2 1/4" kidskin heeled slippers with rich gilt finish and star-centered blue silk bows. Excellent condition. French, circa 1870.
4" (10 cm.) The firm-sided slant-front box with hinged front has original blue paper finish with gilt lettering "Papeterie a ma poupee" surrounded by elaborate gilt scrolling, and opens to interior with compartments fitted with various stationery, pen and pencil. Excellent condition. French, circa 1875.
9" (23 cm.) suspended h. The chandelier is formed by two graduated width brass rings with six attached gilt metal arms has star-shaped candle holders, and which are decorated with lavish garlands of glass prismatic bead interspersed with tiny metal links. Excellent condition. Circa 1885.
18" (46 cm.) Bisque shoulderhead with very plump rounded face, painted blue eyes with glazed accent at the lower eyes, thick upper eyeliner, painted lashes, arched feathered brows, accented eye corners, shaded nostrils, closed mouth with accent dots on the heart-shaped upper lip, accent line between the lips, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, all-wooden fully-articulated body with dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles, swivel waist and pivot joint at thighs. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Adelaide Huret, circa 1858. Value Points: especially fine sculpting accentuating the rounded nose and chin, very choice delicately-blushed complexion, on shapely wooden body with deluxe detail of articulation, and wearing superb early silk gown with matching fringe-trimmed jacket, pressed flannel bonnet, bone-handled parasol with silk shade, undergarments, and leather ankle boots signed "Huret a Paris" in green stamp (buttons missing). The doll was featured in an 1986 Doll Reader article "For the Love of the Ladies" written by Estelle Johnston; it remained a favorite of the collector for the nearly 40 years that the doll lived in her home.
26" (66 cm.) Bisque socket head, blue glass sleep eyes, dark eyeliner, painted lashes and brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with center accent line, blonde mohair wig over plaster pate, early composition and wooden plump ball-jointed body with straight wrists, antique costume. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 16. Comments: Kestner, circa 1880. Value Points: beautiful early doll whose delicate pale complexion contrasts wonderfully with her plump childlike modeling, original body and body finish, original wig.
5" (13 cm.) doll. 9" overall. Arranged with a woven egg-shaped basket is a small bisque bebe with blue glass eyes, closed mouth, painted features, blonde mohair wig, composition body jointed at shoulders and hips, painted brown boots. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Unis France Paris. Comments: for the French market, circa 1910. Value Points: pristine original condition, the doll resting upon a lace-edged base with decorative blue ribbons, and wearing original silk and lace dress, along with her garden rake and two little chicks.