“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. 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. Softbound. 10" x 10". 140 pages.
9" (23 cm.) All-wooden Arabian camel with one hump, glass inset eyes, open mouth with painted teeth, leather arms, jointed neck and legs, rope tail. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Schoenhut, circa 1910. Value Points: fine original painted finish is well-preserved, has original glass eyes and artistically-painted mouth and teeth.
6" (15 cm.) All-bisque with swivel head, brown glass sleep eyes, painted lashes and brows, open mouth, four porcelain teeth, blonde mohair wig, peg-jointed bisque arms and legs, painted ribbed black stockings to above the knees, brown one-strap shoes, antique knit costume. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Germany, circa 1900. Value Points: especially pretty all-bisque doll with finest bisque and painting, rare black stockings.
6 1/2" (17 cm.) Bisque socket head, brown glass inset eyes, painted lashes, open mouth, four tiny teeth, blonde mohair wig, paper mache body with jointing at shoulders and hips. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 44-15. Comments: Gebruder Kuhnlenz, circa 1890. Value Points: the young lad is wearing factory original uniform with matching cap.
10" (25 cm.) Bisque socket head, blue glass sleep eyes, mohair lashes, open mouth, four teeth, original blonde mohair wig, five piece paper mache body, painted black stockings and two strap shoes, wearing original mohair knit dress and hair bows, muslin undergarments. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: dep. Comments: Simon and Halbig for the French market, circa 1900, included with the doll is a small mohair monkey, probably Schuco. Value Points: charming petite bebe with beautiful original wig and lashes. Ex-collection Legoland Museum.
5" (13 cm.) l. largest. Including heavy board trunk with faux-snake skin cover, edged with wooden slats with brass studs, and fitted with various travel stickers such as "Paris-Louvre" and Hotel du Louvre; small cardboard trunk with travel sticks; cardboard valise with leatherette trim and bail handles, and woven double-sided market basket. Excellent condition. French, circa 1880.
10" (25 cm.) doll. 15" x 10" box. A wooden box with decorative paper cover is labeled "Modes Parisienne" and hinges open to an elaborately-fitted interior centered by a bisque head doll with blue glass sleep eyes, mohair lashes, open mouth, four porcelain teeth, brunette human hair, French composition and wooden fully-jointed body, marked Dep. The doll is surrounded by eight miniature bonnets as well as a number of decorative supplies such as silk flowers and tulle. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, circa 1900, from such arrangements offered in Parisian Etrennes catalogs of that era. Value Points: wonderfully-preserved presentation is rarely found.
14" (36 cm.) Bisque socket head with plump cheeks and throat, blue glass inset eyes with spiral threading, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, dark eyeshadow, lightly-feathered brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth with pertly-shaped lips, unpierced ears, white lambswool wig, composition eight-loose-ball-jointed body with straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 938 #7. Comments: Alt, Beck and Gottschalk, circa 1880. Value Points: rare model with most endearing expression, finest bisque and painting, beautiful eyes, original body and body finish, antique dress and bonnet.
7" (19 cm.) Bisque socket head with rich brown complexion, brown glass sleep eyes, black brushstroked brows, painted black lashes, open mouth, four porcelain teeth, black curly fleeced wig, brown composition toddler body jointed at shoulders and hips, antique dress. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: JDK 260 made in Germany 19. Comments: Kestner, circa 1915. Value Points: Germany, circa 1915. Value Points: flawless complexion on the rarely-found little toddler, original body and body finish, original wig.
5 1/2" (14 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque torso, brown glass inset eyes, painted lashes and brows, closed mouth with unusual full lips, blonde mohair wig, peg-jointed bisque arms and legs, painted white socks with black ankle boots, lovely antique costume. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, circa 1880. Value Points: especially beautiful face with rarer brown eyes and black ankle boots.
18" (46 cm.) x 14". The wooden-framed store front with arched crest is decorated with pressed paper border, metal grill edging, paper label "Epicerie" and various signs. The shelves are laden with wrapped packages of food, and is fronted by a wooden counter with scale, paper vegetables and such. Excellent condition. French, circa 1900. A delightful miniature store with wonderful decorations and foods, in unplayed with condition.