Two Different Worlds
Two very different doll worlds mingle in a delightful mélange. There is, on the one hand, the sophisticated world of Parisian dolls, chic, fashionable, and French dolls from Paris store Au Nain Bleu. And then there is the world of plain and simple, highlighted by a collection of Ella Smith cloth dolls and Alabama babies. A century ago, at the end of the 19th century, each prospered, likely unknown to each other, but stellar quality the same. 8.5" x 11". Softbound. 112 full-color pages.
Catalog Lot List details
6" (15 cm.) A silvered metal horse in prancing pose is pulling a two-wheeled cart that supports a blue glass barrel with painted flowers,and two dainty perfume bottles; at the back is a pin holder. Excellent condition. French,circa 1885.
23" (58 cm.) Bisque socket head with rounded facial shape and delicate pale bisque,tiny almond shaped blue glass inset eyes,dark eye liner,delicately painted lashes,widely arched feathered brows,mauve blushed eye shadow,accented eye corners,shaded nostrils,slightly parted lips,two rows of tiny teeth,unpierced blushed earlobes,blonde lambswool wig over cork pate,Steiner composition and wooden fully-jointed body with straight wrists,wearing lovely antique white cotton and lace dress and bonnet,undergarments,stockings,leather shoes. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Jules Steiner,circa 1880. Value Points: rare early model with compelling expression,unusually large size for this early doll,original body and body finish,lovely bisque with luminous complexion.
10" (25 cm.) Bisque socket head with rounded facial modeling,blue glass enamel inset eyes,painted lashes,brush-stroked and feathered brows,rose-blushed eye shadow,accented eye corners and nostrils,closed mouth with pertly outlined lips,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig,Steiner composition and wooden fully-jointed body,wearing antique muslin chemise and pantalets. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Sie C 3/0 Steiner Bte SGDG (head) J. Steiner (eyes). Comments: Jules Steiner,circa 1884. Value Points: the precious bebe combines rarity of size,style and wonderful state of preservation,having endearing expression,lovely bisque and painting,rare original signed Steiner eyes,original Steiner body and body finish.
13" (33 cm.) Sturdy walnut wooden chest features a narrow handkerchief drawer above three wide drawers that are flanked by curved columnar sides,paneled side boards. The drawers features cast bronze drawer pulls and shield-shaped locks. Excellent condition. Late 18th/early 19th century.
14" (36 cm.) Pressed bisque socket head,blue glass paperweight inset eyes,painted lashes and feathered brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with shaded and accented lips,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig over cork pate,French composition and wooden fully-jointed body with straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Depose E 5 J (head) Jumeau Medaille d'Or Paris (body). Comments: Emile Jumeau,circa 1884. Value Points: beautiful petite bebe with entrancing deep blue eyes,finest quality of bisque,original body and body finish,lovely antique silk frock,undergarments,lace bonnet with silk ribbons,stockings,leather shoes.
28" (71 cm.) (excluding coronet). Solid domed paper mache shoulder head with black painted pate,oval shaped face with elongated strong throat,black enamel inset eyes,delicately painted lashes,thick brush stroked brows,aquiline shaped nose with accented nostrils,closed mouth,pale accented lips,brunette human hair,original kid lady body with shapely torso,one piece shapely legs and arms,stitched and separated fingers and toes. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Circa 1845,the lady doll wears her original ivory satin gown with gold metallic embroidery and fringe,ivory sash,aqua satin floor-length cape,slippers,and a long veil that cascades from a silver coronet decorated with faux-diamonds and silk flowers. The doll is mounted upon her original wooden stand with painted decorations (see inset photo),and has her original medal with cutwork paper flowers and decorations detailing the doll's significance. Value Points: superb preservation of the rare and large early doll,the complexion,painting and body in perfect pristine state,the costume original; the doll was exhibited for many decades in the famous Musee Roybet-Fould outside of Paris.