Fabulous antique dolls highlighted by the private collection of Gail Nichols of Clarence, New York, and including keynote dolls from original family estates, a fine collection of rare automata and the Helen Welsh collection of animal and character dolls from the earliest years of the Steiff firm. 9" x 9". Softbound. 156 full-color pages.
5" (13 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque torso,cobalt blue enamel inset eyes,painted lashes and brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth,brunette mohair wig,peg-jointed bisque arms and legs,bare feet,muslin chemise. Condition: generally excellent,small chip at upper rim of left leg. Comments: French,circa 1882. Value Points: enchanting pert expression,the mignonette is presented in early and very rare brass four-wheel baby walker with attached tray,baby belt,and having locking pins at the sides.
4" (10 cm.) Of brown velvet,the little hunting dog is posed seated on back haunches with paws extended as though begging for a treat,tiny shoe-button eyes,stitched on ears,tail,original collar. Excellent condition. Germany,Steiff,with button in ear,circa 1925.
17" (43 cm.) Each has felt socket head with pressed and painted facial features,brown eyes,solemn expression,felt arms and legs with jointing at shoulders and hips,the girl with blonde wig in long braids,wearing vibrant felt costume with applique designs,cotton blouse with rick-rack trim,red boots with embroidery,and very elaborate matching head-dress; and the boy with auburn wig,and wearing Cossack style costume with applique trim,and embroidered boots. Condition: generally excellent,slight dustiness on muslin veil of girl,and boy's jacket faded. Comments: Lenci,circa 1930,from 300 series,depicting Russian boy and girl in traditional costumes. Value Points: wonderfully detail vibrant costumes,the little pair have painted eyes designed to be looking at each other.
17" (43 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features,brown side-glancing eyes in side-slant sockets,heavily-modeled eyelids,black curly lashes,black eyeliner,black feathered brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth,black mohair wig with extended queue,jointing at shoulders and hips. Condition: generally excellent,some dustiness,lantern base missing. Comments: Lenci,circa 1930,from their series of Asian characters. Value Points: the rare character,with uniquely painted facial features,amber tinted complexion,is wearing vibrant yellow felt tunic and pants under a black felt vest with signature medallion,has wooden stacked shoes,original woven hat,and lid of original wooden lantern.
14" (36 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features,brown side-glancing eyes,dark eye shadow,painted details of lashes,brows and eye shadows,closed mouth,brown mohair wig in arranged braids,jointing at shoulders and legs. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Lenci,circa 1938. Value Points: the little girl is preserved with fresh and vibrant colors of complexion and costume,wearing red felt gown with gold appliques and matching coiffe,original undergarments,shoes.
14" (36 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features,pale blue painted eyes,black upper eyeliner,curly upper lashes,dark eye shadow,accented nostrils,closed mouth,brunette mohair cropped wig,jointing at shoulders and hips,Condition: generally excellent,Marks: Lenci (original paper label with pencil note Rita 88). Comments: Lenci,circa 1938. Value Points: the little boy wears well-detailed Tyrolean costume with embroidered lamb and flowers on vest,felt-flower appliques on hat,in vibrant well-preserved condition.
20" (51 cm.) Velvet standing Mickey with heart-shaped face,applied oil cloth eyes with pie-slice cut,black velvet tipped nose,embroidered facial details,stitched felt ears,black velvet body,orange pants and shoes,yellow over-sized gloves,elongated tail. With "Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse,Design patent applied for" stamp on both feet. Very good condition,few small tears in felt ears,Germany,Steiff,the model was made for only 5 years,1931-1936.
7" (18 cm.) Velvet standing Mickey Mouse in white and black velvet with painted mouth,applied eyes,stitched on ears,green velvet pants,orange shoes and yellow gloves. Excellent condition except missing tail,colors especially vibrant. Germany,Steiff,with button and red cloth tag in ear,made for five years only 1931-36.
17" (43 cm.) Bisque socket head with rounded facial shape,small blue glass inset eyes with darker blue outer rim,painted short curly lashes,arched feathered brows,accented nostrils,slightly-open mouth with two rows of tiny beaded teeth,pierced ears,blonde fleecy mohair wig over cork pate,French composition fully-jointed body with straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 2 (head) Le Petit Parisien Bebe Steiner (torso). Comments: Jules Steiner,circa 1877,one of the earliest models of the firm. Value Points: rare doll has wonderful antique linen dress with red feather-stitching,undergarments,stockings,leather shoes,and red woolen cap.
5" (13 cm.) The gold velvet elephant is posed seated with trunk extended between his two front legs,with shoe-button eyes,large stitched on flap ears,Good condition,some rubbing wear to velvet. Germany,Steiff,circa 1915.