In America we say “Oh, my goodness”, an expression of delight and astonishment. In England, the exclamation “Oh, my stars and garters!” has the same meaning. Both meanings are appropriate for the Sharon Jerome antique doll collection which will be of great delight and, also, worthy of the highest order. More than 400 important antique dolls, automata, early doll houses and miniatures are offered in this auction, including, appropriately early English wooden dolls. Softbound. 8.5" x 11". 136 pages.
18" (46 cm.) Each is all felt with painted and modeled features, swivel head, fully-jointed body, including Heidi with crown of felt flowers along with mohair baby goat "Snowflake", limited edition of 500, made in 2000; Peter the Goatherd with classic Tyrolean costume along with his mohair goat "Turk" with jointed neck and glass eyes, limited edition of 200, made in 2004; and Heidi's Grandfather with extra jointing to allow a seated pose, along with wooden bench, limited edition of 250, made in 2008. Condition: near mint. Marks: each has all original documents and labeled boxes). Comments: from the Heidi series by American artist, R. John Wright, of which Heidi and Peter were created exclusively for Little Switzerland shop. Value Points: rare dolls created in very limited numbers, preserved in pristine condition, each is #99 from the series.
18" (46 cm.) h. 12'W. The wooden-framed toilette table has inset panels and drawer fronts with rose-patterned chintz cover, inset bevel-edge center mirror, lace and silk tassel accents and is fitted with original white porcelain wash bowl, pitcher and two dresser jars with floral design and gilt accents, with original cord ties to table top. Excellent condition. French, circa 1900.
18" (46 cm.) White porcelain shoulderhead with elongated face and throat, sculpted grey hair drawn into highly-stylized coiffure, partially-sculpted ears, heavily-modeled eyelids lending a down-glancing expression, painted blue/grey eyes, aquiline nose, closed mouth, muslin stitch-jointed body, porcelain lower arms, silk gown, undergarments. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Germany, circa 1910, the doll was introduced at the 1908 Munich Art Doll Exhibition, this being a rare variation of hair color and complexion.
4" (10 cm.) x 5 1/2" frames. The delicate watercolor miniature portraits depict the Honorable and Mrs. Edward Perceval in semi-profile with exquisite detail of shading and costume detail, each signed "Smart" and each in original inlay bone and rosewood frame. Ink script on the back identifying their persons. Paintings excellent, some wear on frames. John Smart (c. 1740-1811) was a noted portrait miniaturest in the late 1700s, known for his grey coloring and sense of quietude.
17" (43 cm.) Porcelain shoulderhead with delicately-tinted complexion, painted blue down-glancing eyes with darker blue iris rims, thick black upper eyeliner, delicately-painted lashes, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth, unpierced ears, blushed cheeks, blonde mohair wig, kid body with gusset-jointing at hips, lovely antique costume. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Huret a Paris (and other illegible word, torso stamp). Comments: French, circa 1860, rare untypical body stamp, this being the mark usually found on costumes by Huret. Value Points: very beautiful face with artistic painting of eyes and blushed cheeks.
15" (38 cm.) Porcelain shoulderhead with lightly-tinted complexion, cobalt blue glass inset eyes, dark eyeliner, lightly-tinted brows and lashes, accented nostrils, closed mouth, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French kid poupee body, antique costume. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, attributed to Blampoix, circa 1865. Value Points: brilliant cobalt eyes complemented by glowing lustrous complexion.
18" (46 cm.) Bisque socket head with very elongated facial shape, painted blue eyes accentuated by thick upper black eyeliner, grey eyeshadow, painted lashes, fringed brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, rounded nose tip, closed mouth with upturned lip corners in smiling expression, defined space between the outlined lips, brunette mohair wig, French slender wooden body with swivel waist, jointing at shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips and knees, metal hands. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Huret 66 Rue de la Boetie. (body). Comments: Prevost-Huret, circa 1915, in the illustrious lineage of Adelaide Huret, this model created during the era of the Renaissance of the French Doll. Value Points: very handsome gentleman with artistic painting, original body with original finish, wearing gentleman's antique evening wear.
11" (28 cm.) The wooden-framed trunk has signature Vuitton-design cover, with wrapped leather edging bearing the LV stamp, and wooden braces with little brass studs, brass clips and clasp, original paper lining. Excellent condition. French, from the atelier of Louis Vuitton of Paris, circa 1900.
12" (30 cm.) l. 9"h. Featuring bombe-shaped front and sides and with cabriole legs, the two drawer chest is of fine fruitwood veneers with further scrolled inlay pattern, and with grey marbled top and bronze drawer pulls and decorative mounts. French, maitrise model, late 1800s.
Including 6"x 3" framed portraits of Napoleon and Josephine with outstanding detail of medals, jewelry, lace and crown, and with illegible tiny artist signature. And 3" round framed portraits of Spanish King Philippe IV and Spanish Queen Marie of Austria with wonderfully detailed ringlet curls and feathered hair ornaments, with illegible artist signatures. Excellent condition. Early/mid-1800s.