Inspired by the Robert Frost poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, Theriault’s offers another exceptional private collection of antique dolls carefully gathered by Mary Lou Rubright of Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania during the late 1970s and 1980s. It was enthusiastic zeal that still instructs her life which gave her purpose to seek and acquire fine dolls. Featuring the Prestige Collection of Mary Lou Rubright of Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania. Softbound. 8.5" x 11". 216 pages.
9" (23 cm.) l. 7"h. The wooden game table with shaped apron and cabriole legs has hinged table top which opens to form into a game table, and has original ebony finish with gilt accents and a Chinoiserie scene on the table top, and with gilt bronze mounts on the legs. Excellent condition. French, in the 17th century manner, mid-1900s.
9" (23 cm.) x 9" base. Arranged upon a wooden base designed to appear as a stone-walled foundation are four carved wooden workers, each with sculpted hair and with painted costume with cloth work apron. When wound, a series of movements ensues: one man pull a chain which activates a large bellows; a second man turns a large water wheel which turns the grindstone that a third man leans over while sharpening a knife, and the fourth man hammers the large anvil. Excellent condition, movements function well. Germany, early 1800s.
2 1/2" (6 cm.) 4". Each is of heavy stock carton in a variety of shapes, with various decorations including three with scenes of couples and lady in hand painted period costumes, with embossed paper borders and glass covers; along with two others, one of which has pressed flower under domed glass lid. Very good condition. Mid-1800s.
12" (30 cm.) Standing upon a tinplate base with three spoked wheels is a lady with paper mache swivel head, black enamel eyes, painted lashes and brows, open mouth, two upper and two lower square cut teeth, blonde mohair wig with elaborate original coiffure, paper mache body with modeled bosom and waist, bisque hands. Condition: generally excellent, very light craquelure on forehead. Marks: Vichy a Paris. Comments: Vichy, Paris, circa 1850. Value Points: when wound, the elegant lady glides forward and circles while turning her head and lifting arms alternately; and having an especially beautiful coiffure and original costume of silk and handmade lace.
18" (46 cm.) Poured wax shoulderhead with solid dome, blue glass inset eyes, painted lashes, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth with slightly-downcast lips, auburn inserted tendrils of hair, original cloth body with poured wax lower limbs. Condition: generally excellent, some complexion fading. Comments: English, circa 1875. Value Points: the solemn-faced child has original body and is wearing original red and cream costume and cape.
2 1/4" (6 cm.) l. boots. Including black soft kidskin boots with ebony black heels, brass buttons and buckle; along with serge leggings with foot straps and eight button closures; and a woven paisley shawl with embroidered signature. Excellent condition. French, circa 1865.
18" (46 cm.) Bisque shoulderhead with very plump face, painted blue eyes with darker blue iris rims, dark upper eyeliner, painted all-around lashes, short feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with center accent line, pierced ears, brunette mohair wig over cork pate, all-wooden fully-articulated body with dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles, and with swivel waist and swivel at mid-thighs. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, circa 1860. Value Points: rare wooden body, painted eyes, and wearing early white pique gown with red soutache embroidery, red leather shoes and carrying little leather folio inscribed "Dr. Chance, A Merry Christmas from Beatrice".
1" (3 cm.) - 1 1/2", Including pale green shoes with silver buckles, two pairs black shoes with ankle trim and black pom-poms marked "O", and a pair of red ankle boots. Generally excellent. Germany, circa 1910.
21" (53 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque shoulderplate, luminous ebony black complexion, dark glass inset eyes, painted black lashes and brows, closed mouth, pierced ears, black mohair wig over cork pate, shapely French black-tinted kid poupee body, stitched and separated fingers. Condition: generally excellent, very sturdy body. Marks: 5 (head and shoulders) F.G. (left shoulder). Comments: Gaultier, circa 1878. Value Points: beautiful flawless complexion on the rare model, original wig, body, and wearing detailed antique exotic costume including jewelry and beaded cap.
6 1/2" (17 cm.) l. settee. Including a wooden framed parlor set with settee, two arm chairs, and two side chairs, each with original velvet upholstery with fringed edging, the settee with two ormolu lion's heads; along with a walnut desk, laden with accessories including two miniature metal albums, inkwell, bell and framed image of child; and small round pedestal table with bone edging which supports a tall painted metal oil lamp with painted glass globe. Circa 1890. Excellent condition.