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A Marquis Antique Doll Auction, March 17-18, 2018 at the Hyatt Coconut Point in Naples, Florida

Why is Mina crying? One story holds that the tears on the rare black paper mache character dolls of Leo Moss were a reminder of his lost child. Another story is less poignant, but delightfully charming, that when a child was crying while Leo Moss was sculpting its image, he echoed the child’s expression with a tear. No one knows for certain.

But what collectors won’t be crying about is an opportunity to bid on 12 Leo Moss dolls, all from the private collection of Myla Perkins, author of the 1993 collector book, Black Dolls. “The appearance of even one Leo Moss doll is such a rare occasion”, says Florence Theriault, founder and cataloger at Theriault’s, “ but to view and compare 12 examples, each a different characterization, each a work of art, is unparalleled”.

Collectors will also be cheering the 350 other rare and choice antique dolls and playthings at Theriault’s Marquis auction on March 17 and 18 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort near Naples, Florida including Part II of the famed Musee de la poupée of Paris. French bébés include five splendid examples by Leon Casimir Bru, beautiful rare models from Emile Jumeau ranging from a tiny 8 ½” premiere smiling bébé to gorgeous portrait bébés to three stunning Jumeau Triste bébés in sizes 9, 12, and 14. There are rare models by Schmitt et Fils, Gaultier, and Steiner. The collection also offers fabulous French automata, elegant French poupées including Huret, and all-bisque mignonettes.

Other dolls of note in the auction include early Kathe Kruse, German bisque characters such as rare K*R model “119 Baby” of which few other examples are known to exist, the very desirable 111 model, and a striking 24” K*R, glass-eyed K*R 112 and 109, and smiling painted eye 151 by Simon and Halbig. There are French and German black bisque dolls from the Myla Perkins collection, French and Italian studio dolls including Burgarella, Lenci, Raynal and more. There is a fine one-owner collection of antique doll clothing including dresses, shoes and bonnets, a collection of doll houses and doll furnishings including more than 50 extraordinary Austrian enamel miniatures, fine small collection of American cast iron mechanical banks, early Teddy bears and friends by Steiff and other makers, English wooden dolls, a collection of doll-sized miniatures, and much more.

The catalog auction will take place on Saturday, March 17 and continue into Sunday, March 18, to be followed by a wonderful Discovery Day of even more dolls. A 150 page full color catalog “Tears for Mina” is available for $59. To order visit www.theriaults.com or call 410-224-3655. The entire auction can also be viewed online after February 28th.

Hotel Information
The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa is located at 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34134. For hotel reservations please call 239-444-1234. For auction information call Theriault’s at 410-224-3655 or visit www.theriaults.com.

Ways To Bid
For those collectors who cannot attend the auction, absentee bidding, live telephone bidding, or live internet bidding is also available. The auction can be viewed at www.theriaults.com (click on the button for Online Bidding) after Feb. 28. For more information about the auction visit www.theriaults.com, email info@theriaults.com, or call 410-224-3655.

For more information or to order the fabulous art catalog with award-winning photographs and important descriptions and historical details, email info@theriaults.com, or call 410-224-3655. Absentee, live telephone and live internet bidding are available if you cannot attend.