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.
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.
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.
3" (8 cm.) man. Each is all-bisque with jointed arms and legs,depicting Chinese people,having amber tinted complexions,painted facial features,the man with sculpted yellow hat and black downcast moustache,good original costume; the other doll with very unusual sculpted hair. Excellent condition. Germany,circa 1900,rare models.
11" (28 cm.) Solid domed bisque socket head with amber tinted complexion,brown glass inset eyes,dark eyeliner,painted lashes,dark feathered brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth with defined space between the accented lips,pierced ears,black mohair wig,Sonneberg composition and wooden amber-tinted fully-jointed body,well costumed. Condition: generally excellent.. Marks: 120 (124?). Comments: Sonneberg,circa 1885,maker unknown,the model closely resembles the circle/dot bebe of Bru. Value Points: very rare model is enhanced by the Asian amber complexion,suggesting the maker was emulating the rare Bru Asian bebe; the quality of modeling and complexion is exceptional.
14" (36 cm.) Bisque socket head with flattened solid dome,amber tinted complexion,brown glass paperweight inset eyes,dark eyeliner,painted lashes,brown brush-stroked brows with feathered detail,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with downcast expression,defined space between the accented lips,pierced ears,dark brunette human hair wig,amber-tinted Sonneberg composition and wooden fully-jointed body with straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 121 8. Comments: Sonneberg,mystery maker,circa 1885,the doll closely resembles the French Bru bebe model known as "circle/dot". Value Points: very rare model with beautiful complexion and luminous bisque,original body and body finish.