The Lifelong Antique Doll Collection of Connie Bailey at Theriault's Marquis Studio Auction. Featuring the lifelong collection of Connie Bailey of North Carolina with exceptional collections of French and German bisque dolls - all your favorite classics in pristine condition with fine antique costumes and original wigs. And including a fine group of rare all-bisque mignonettes, a remarkable selection of early Kestner dolls (you never realized how different the faces could be!), collection of early sought-after teddies, and early American dolls ranging from Maggie-Bessie to black Joel Ellis. More than 350 dolls of the finest order and rarity are featured in the catalog. Softbound. 8.5" x 11".
3 3/4" (10 cm.) (excluding ears). The miniature bulldog seated on back haunches, has aqua/blue and cream velvet cover, large amber glass eyes, swivel head, black stitched nose, black leather collar, and original metal button with underscored F, and red cloth label "Steiff 3410...". Near mint condition. Germany, Steiff, circa 1927, the velvet Bully was made in three sizes only, this being the smallest size. A very rare model especially in these distinctive velvet colors and in superb condition.
8" (20 cm.) x 10" frame. The sepia-toned antique studio photograph depicts a gentleman with moustache, tophat and great coat, seated on a carved chair, holding a bonneted child who, in turn, is holding her favorite doll, in gold frame. Excellent condition. Photograph circa 1885.
30" (76 cm.) Bisque socket head, blue glass paperweight inset eyes, thick dark eyeliner, lushly-painted lashes, rose-blushed eyeshadow, brushstroked brows, accented nostrils, separately-applied pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden fully-jointed body, straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Depose Tete Jumeau Bte SGDG 13. Comments: Emile Jumeau, circa 1885, earliest presentation of the tete model with smaller eye cuts transitioning from incised depose model, and with straight wrist body. Value Points: very beautiful bebe with finest bisque, complexion and features, original body and body finish, and wearing Jumeau-original rose silk dress, undergarments, and leather shoes signed Bebe Jumeau Depose.
12" (30 cm.) Each of the matched pair portrays a young boy or girl with blonde tousled curly hair (hers held by sculpted pink hair bow at the back crown), expressive features, sculpted ruffled smock with floral accents, pink boots. She holds a white dove in her arms to which she appears to be speaking, and he, with mischievous expression, is frantically holding a white bunny, tugging at its ear. Each piece bears the stamp mark of Gebruder Heubach, circa 1900. Excellent condition.
6" (15 cm.) Each is one-piece bisque figure of white shaggy-haired pup posed as though begging for a treat, each with painted intaglio brown eyes highlighted by white eyedots, painted collar, and with detail of painted paws. The larger bears the blue sunburst stamp of Heubach. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1910.
19" (48 cm.) Bisque socket head, small blue glass sleep eyes, painted curly lashes, arched lightly-feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with downcast pouting expression, very plump cheeks and chin, blonde mohair wig, composition and wooden fully-jointed toddler body with well-detailed muscular and chubby shape. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 231 Fany DRMG 248/1 A 5 M. Comments: Marseille, circa 1912. Value Points: rarely found model from this firm, its rarity rivaled by outstanding sculpting and quality of bisque, original body and body finish, wonderful antique costume, and carrying little Steiff lamb "Snucki".
8 1/2" (22 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque torso, blue glass sleep eyes, painted lashes and brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth with accent line between the solemnly-set lips, blonde mohair wig, peg-jointing at shoulders and hips, painted white stockings with scalloped rims, green ties, grey ankle boots with black tassels, lovely antique cotton and lace dress, undergarments, coral silk bonnet. Condition: generally excellent, chip on left leg at stringing hole. Marks: 3 (head) 111 (torso). Comments: Kestner, circa 1885. Value Points: rare large size, rare painted boots and green stocking ties, lovely bisque.
7" (18 cm.) The three-tiered etagere with fancily spindled posts is laden with delicate filigree miniature furnishings and accessories, including parlor set and tables, along with various serving pieces. Excellent condition. Late 19th century.
7" (18 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque torso, brown glass sleep eyes, painted lashes and brows, closed mouth in solemn expression, blonde mohair wig over plaster pate, peg-jointing at shoulders and hips, painted white ribbed socks with maroon ties, blue ankle boots with black tassels, lovely rose silk dress, undergarments, straw bonnet. Condition: generally excellent, tiny flakes at right shoulder and left hip stringing holes. Marks: 2. Comments: Kestner, circa 1885. Value Points: beautiful little miniature doll with fancy blue ankle boots.
16" (41 cm.) The three-tiered mahogany table with graduated-width tiers banded by brass grill walls has a tripod pedestal base with claw feet, and is laden with a bevy of miniature decorative objects including porcelain tete-a-tete tea service, five various silver and gilt metal frames, porcelain basket, ten-piece silver filigree tiny chairs and table, sterling basket, silver faux-clock, and metal-framed diorama with easel back, and mechanical movements. Excellent condition. Late 19th century.