Outstanding Marquis Cataloged Doll Auction
"I Only Wanted to Wonder", Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Highlighted by the Collection of Petra Aichele of Germany, and Part I of the Lorna Lieberman Collection
Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency, Preview 9 AM • Auction 11 AM EST
A century ago Rose O’Neill wrote a poem about “a child in wild flower up to his knee” who innocently marveled at the wonders of life. “I think the clouds are talking about me”, he said, and “the hills are ships and they call and shout”. To that child, life was innocent and pure and joyful.
But then “some old men came out of their attics and told him a lot about mathematics” and “the geologist pulled the hills to shreds / One withered the wildflowers in their beds with a Latinish name of everything”.
The poem concluded “The child’s long lashes had tears in under / He said, ‘I only wanted to wonder’ ”.
Every collector knows this story. The absolute innocent joy of ‘the first doll’. The expression, the feeling of holding the doll, the sense that the doll is speaking to you. An innocent joy that sustains through the second doll, and the third. Until the experts decide that it is time to study and analyze and judge, and you are left with the wistful remembrance “I Only Wanted to Wonder”. Although, you admit, you do like to learn.
It is finding the balance between innocence and knowledge that is the sweetest spot of collecting. The extraordinary auction of antique dolls presented by Theriault’s on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 offers that possibility.
There is, first, the wonder-filled collection of German bisque character dolls from the Petra Aichele Collection of Stuttgart, Germany. Many of the dolls have been featured in the Puppen Preisfuhrer books of Gitta Grundman, but collectors will be astonished at the breadth of the collection, encompassing dozens of rare examples and sizes from the most important German dollmakers of the late 19th/early 20th century. Dolls from the collection of the early Boston area collector, Lorna Lieberman, are importantly highlighted in the auction, ranging from early porcelain and paper mache dolls to American cloth and exquisite French poupées. Lorna Lieberman, over a half century of collecting, has, indeed, found that sweet spot, her innate sense of wonder felicitously melding with studied knowledge.
The French poupées in the auction, from the Lieberman collection and other private estates, range from rare early dolls by Adelaide Huret and Leontine Rohmer, to sublime ladies from the Golden Age by Leon Casimir Bru and Emile Jumeau. Of particular pleasure is an early Huret poupée-enfantine with a trousseau of superb original costumes.
Attendance is encouraged to view firsthand this once-in-a-lifetime museum quality presentation, but if you cannot attend we welcome absentee bidding, live telephone bidding, and live bidding on the internet. Too, you can “tune-in” to the online auction and watch and listen to the entire event. Questions? Give us a call and we’ll help you choose the bidding option that is best for you.
A splendid book of the auction is available for $59. Theriault's auction book includes full color photographs of every doll, detailed description and historical background including provenance when available, and pre-sale estimate. Shipping is free, and the books are sent priority mail. And after the auction you will receive prices realized to keep with the book forever. To order your catalog call Theriault's at 410-224-3655 or click here.
Hotel & Shuttle Information
The Hyatt Regency is located at 9801 International Dr., Orlando, Florida 32819. For hotel reservations please call 407-284-1234. A free shuttle service will be available between the Hyatt Regency and Rosen Centre between 8:30AM - 11:30AM and 5PM - 10PM.
So Many 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 July 10th. For more information about the auctions visit www.theriaults.com, email [email protected], or call 800-638-0422.
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