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.) All-bisque with light brown cafe-au-lait complexion,having swivel head on bisque torso,black bead inset eyes,painted features,closed mouth,peg-jointed bisque arms and legs,bare feet,wearing (frail) original silk costume and turban. Excellent condition. French,circa 1885.
11" (28 cm.) Bisque socket head with rounded facial shape,dark-blue glass sleep eyes that operate from wire lever at back of head,painted lashes,brush-stroked and feathered brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with center accent line,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig,Steiner composition fully-jointed body,early lace and red silk dress,undergarments,leather shoes,woven bonnet with red silk ribbons. Condition: generally excellent,one finger broken.. Marks: Figure C No 3/0 Steiner Bte SGDG Paris (head) Le Petit Parisien Bebe Steiner (body) Steiner (eyes). Comments: Jules Steiner,circa 1884. Value Points: very beautiful petite bebe with original signed body,body finish,signed Steiner eyes,beautiful painting,and fabulous costume.
5" (13 cm.) including ears. Of light brown and black velvet with stitch-shaped mouth,black velvet nose and ears,amber glass eyes,and posed seated on haunches,with original paper label "Bully 3410 Steiff". Excellent condition. Germany,Steiff,rare size,1927-1939.
11" (28 cm.) Solid domed bisque socket head with amber tinted complexion,black painted hair and brows,tiny brown glass sleep eyes,painted lashes,closed mouth,amber tinted composition five piece body,antique costume. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 3/0 Germany. Comments: Germany,circa 1925. Value Points: rare model with excellent detail of sculpting and complexion.
25" (64 cm.) Bisque socket head,amber brown glass paperweight inset eyes,thick dark eyeliner,painted ashes,mauve blushed eye shadow,brush-stroked and feathered brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with defined space between the shaded and outlined lips,separately applied pierced ears,hand-tied brunette human hair wig over cork pate,Jumeau composition and wooden eight-loose-ball-jointed body with very plump limbs and straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Depose E 12 J (and artist checkmarks) Jumeau Medaille d'Or (body mark). Comments: Emile Jumeau,circa 1884. Value Points: very beautiful brown-eyed bebe with finest bisque and painting,original early signed body with original finish,original Jumeau chemise and signed Jumeau shoes.
26" (66 cm.) Paper mache shoulder head,brown glass inset eyes,painted features,closed mouth,brunette mohair wig,commercial muslin stitch-jointed body,composition lower arms. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Germany,circa 1875. Value Points: the serene-faced doll wears an extraordinary original folklore costume of purple and black velvet with elaborately trimmed wide sash,embroidered shawl,heavy wool petticoat with embroidered ribbon trim,embroidered knit stockings,blue velvet shoes,black velvet purse with gold thread embroidery,and black silk coiffe with hip-length lace-edged streamers.
8" (20 cm.) Solid domed bisque socket head,tinted black baby hair and brows,tiny brown glass sleep eyes,painted lashes,accented nostrils closed mouth with accented lips,composition baby body. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 2/0 Germany J.K. A 5/0 R. Comments: Germany,circa 1920. Value Points: well-defined features and fine quality of bisque.
11" (28 cm.) Amber tinted bisque socket head,narrow brown glass inset eyes,painted lashes,lightly-feathered brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth,black mohair queue,very simple Sonneberg composition body with jointing at shoulders and hips. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 3/0. Comments: mystery maker,Sonneberg,circa 1885. Value Points: outstanding quality of sculpting with deeply defined features,early silk costume with embroidery.