Each is all-bisque with swivel head, painted facial features, jointed arms and legs, mohair wig, and with painted blue or black ankle boots. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, circa 1890, the dolls were presented in French Etrennes catalogs, and as late as 1912, appeared in the SFBJ catalog, described as "Lilliputians". Value Points: wonderful collection of mignonettes, each wearing its original nationality costume, including soldiers, folklore, school children and more.
9" (23 cm.) All-wooden doll with one-piece head and shapely torso, heart-shaped face and elongated throat, carved tuck comb at crown, painted black hair with stippling details of curls, painted tiny facial features, dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, painted flat red shoes. Condition: generally excellent, original finish with few typical rubs. Comments: Grodnertal, circa 1850. Value Points: the petite Grodnertal lady has been preserved for 170 years in a paper-covered wooden trunk with scenic historic engraving on the lid, wearing original costume including very fine crewel embroidery pocket bag, and with six fine original gowns in dainty muslin or transfer fabrics.
11" (28 cm.) x 7". The secretaire has a flat-drop-front writing surface which opens to a painted blue interior with two small drawers, and has upper cabinet with mirrored door, and two lower cabinet doors for storage, with original patinated red painted finish and decorative paper edges. Excellent condition. French, 1700s.
11" (28 cm.) Each has kid leather face with shaped definition, black bead eyes, painted features, grey woolen hair (the gentleman also with beard), cloth-covered wooden body, leather hands. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: attributed to C.H. White, England, who created a series of peddler dolls of this style in the early 1800s. Value Points: each mounted on original base under glass dome, wearing original peddler costume and carrying basket filled with wares and notions including bead jewelry, tools, prints, decorative boxes, sewing tools and thread, books, bellows and more.
18" (46 cm.) Paper mache shoulderhead with oval face, elongated throat, black sculpted hair in centerpart, with looped curls at each side of face and above the ears, forming into a chignon at the back, blue upper-glancing eyes, black upper eyeliner, aquiline nose, closed mouth, blushed cheeks, firmly-stuffed original muslin body with kid lower arms and hands. Condition: generally excellent, very light craquelure on back shoulders. Comments: Germany, circa 1850. Value Points: fine original condition, with rare early coiffure, the doll wears her original traditional costume, probably Luzerne region of Switzerland, comprising wool skirt and petticoat, white blouse with lace-edged collar, elaborate bodice and straps, apron, slippers, and woven cap with red woolen pom-poms. Ex-Estelle Johnston Collection.
37" (94 cm.) including handle. The wooden doll carriage with gracefully curved carriage bed has wooden handle in natural finish, and with original dark brown painted finish having gilt stenciled designs, and a leather fringed sunshade. Excellent condition. American, attributed to Joel Ellis, circa 1875.
34" (86 cm.) including handle. The wooden carriage features two large spoked wheels in the back, and two smaller in the front, with folding original leather sunshade and leather seat, original painted finish with stenciled designs, wooden handle. Excellent condition, some typical paint rubs. American, Joel Ellis, circa 1875.
37" (94 cm.) Bisque socket head, blue glass paperweight inset eyes, dark eyeliner, rose blushed eye shadow, brushstroked and multi-feathered brows, accented eye corners, shaded nostrils, closed mouth with accent line between the lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition fully-jointed body, lovely antique costume. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: J. Steiner Bte SGDG Paris Fre A 21 (head) (original partial Steiner paper label on body). Comments: Jules Steiner, circa 1888. Value Points: outstanding quality of bisque and painting, fine state of preservation and very rare grand size indicate the doll's likely original creation as an exhibition model.
26" (66 cm.) Bisque socket head with very deeply-impressed sculpted facial features, upper-glancing painted brown eyes, red and black upper eyeliner, painted curly lashes, accented eye corners and nostrils, rounded tip nose, closed mouth with full outlined lips, impressed dimples at lip corners and chin, brunette mohair wig, composition and wooden ball-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: K made in Germany 208 14 (head) Germany (body). Comments: Kestner, circa 1910 from their art character series of that year; the doll was offered with glass or this rarer painted eye variation, generally in small size. Few examples of the size 14 are known to exist, and may have been presented as an exhibition model. Value Points: the fine presence of the extremely rare doll accentuates its value; with finest bisque, complexion and painting of expressive features, the doll has original body, body finish, wig, and is wearing wonderful antique Scottish costume.