The celebrated Hanne Büktas collection of rare 18th century Neapolitan dolls will come to auction by Theriault’s of Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, December 5, in an important auction titled “The Doll as Theatre, Neapolitan and Continental Dolls of the 18th Century”.
Classic figures of the Neapolitan scene are featured including an extraordinary trio of Caspar, Balthazar and Melchior in royal robes astride their decorated horses, as well as other royalty, aristocratic men and women from the fashionable salons of 1700s-era Naples, village people from the markets, shops and taverns including delightful children, and peasant peoples from the countryside. Too, the collection includes very sought-after, rarely found, accessories such as horses, cows, lambs, and dogs, as well as furnishings, rare baskets of modeled food, embroideries and more.
As studies into this field continue, more and more documentation is being uncovered concerning the artists of the highly-characterized dolls. The collection includes a number of very rare examples attributed to celebrated sculptors of 18th century Naples including Giuseppe Sanmartino, Francesco Celebrano and Lorenzo Mosca. Cataloguer Florence Theriault of Theriault’s notes, “Although the pieces were rarely signed, newly-uncovered documentation as well as style comparisons with those pieces which were signed allows us to attribute some of these works”.
The auction will be conducted live online with live audio and video feed allowing each object to be shown in close detail as it comes to the podium. A free color brochure is available on request now and a full color 244-page catalog with detailed photographs of each item is available for $75 softbound or $105 hardbound. Video presentations of the collection narrated by Florence Theriault are also available for viewing after November 15 on Theriault’s YouTube channel.
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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theriaults.com for additional information or to order catalogs. Appointments can also be made to remotely view specific lots prior to the auction.
The auction contains over 350 choices. A second session of the Hanne Büktas Collection will take place March 6, 2021. A two-volume set of the auction catalogs can be ordered at a special price of $125 softbound or $165 hardbound. Volume II will be shipped mid-February.
Theriault’s of Annapolis, Maryland, the internationally noted auction house of antique dolls, play theatres and childhood ephemera, is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2020.
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 visit www.theriaults.com, email email@example.com, or call 410-224-3655.
The auction begins at 11AM Eastern. 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. Available 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, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit theriaults.com.