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.
10" (25 cm.) Solid domed bisque socket head with flat-cut neck socket,blue glass inset eyes,dark eyeliner,painted lashes,feathered brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth with defined space between the outlined lips,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig,Sonneberg composition body with jointing at shoulders,hips and knees and dowel at throat area for attachment to head. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 2. Comments: Sonneberg,mystery maker,circa 1882,the doll was designed to emulate the popular French bebe and capture its market. Value Points: very gentle features and lovely bisque,original rare body and body finish.
10" (25 cm.) Solid domed bisque socket head,large brown glass inset eyes,dark eyeliner,painted lashes,feathered brows,accented nostrils of tiny nose,closed mouth with accent line between the lips,fleecy auburn wig,Sonneberg composition and wooden fully-jointed body with straight wrists,pretty lace and cotton dress,undergarments,shoes and stockings. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 2. Comments: Germany,circa 1885,attributed to Alt,Beck and Gottschalk. Value Points: very pretty diminutive closed mouth child with entrancing large eyes,lovely bisque,original body and body finish.
11" (28 cm.) Bisque socket head,blue glass inset eyes with rich spiral threading,dark eyeliner,painted lashes,brush-stroked and feathered brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth with center accent line,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig,Sonneberg composition and wooden fully-jointed body with straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: G.K. 28.22. Comments: Gebruder Kuhnlenz,circa 1885. Value Points: beautiful doll with especially pretty eyes,sweet shy expression,original body and body finish,wearing original coral silk dress.
14" (36 cm.) Firmly-stuffed felt character with egg-shaped head having center-seam,shoe- button eyes,caricature face,upturned nose,stitched-on ears,red attached cap,big plump red felt stomach with painted circle designs,green felt jointed arms and jacket,long spindly jointed legs with patched knees and over-sized leather feet. Very good condition,some shelf dustiness. Steiff,from their premiere series of character dolls,representing the popular comic strip character of Happy Hooligan,1904-1927.