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.) Solid domed paper mache shoulderhead with painted black pate, black enamel glass inset eyes, painted lashes, feathered brows, accented nostrils, open mouth, accented lips, two rows of tiny teeth, pink kid fashion body with shapely torso and limbs, stitched and separated fingers. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, circa 1855. Value Points: the early fashion doll model has fine original finish and sturdy body, and is wearing her original richly embroidered costume of Brittany.
1 1/4" (3 cm.) h. candles. The lathe-turned wooden dishes have original painted finish with stenciled decorations, including lidded tureen, two large platters, eight plates, eight bowls, six small plates, pair of candlesticks, and vase. The set is arranged in a later wicker basket. Generally excellent, some light rubs on finish. Germany, circa 1885.
13" (33 cm.) Solid domed paper mache shoulderhead, black painted pate with center-slit for insertion of human hair wig, painted facial features, pale blue eyes, closed mouth, original muslin body, kid hands. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, circa 1855. Value Points: petite early poupee has original human hair wig, and is wearing original taffeta costume with Alencon lace, matching bonnet, leather ankle boots, reticule.
28" (71 cm.) Porcelain shoulderhead with elongated throat, black sculpted hair waved from her face with thick braids running down each side of face, deeply sculpted large eye sockets with painted blue eyes, red and black upper eyeliner, single-stroke brows, aquiline nose with circle accents at nostrils, closed mouth with very full lips, muslin stitch-jointed body with porcelain lower limbs, antique costume. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Germany, circa 1875. Value Points: very distinctive and beautiful facial model with deeply-set large eyes, rare coiffure.
13" (33 cm.) Bisque socket head, blue glass spiral-threaded eyes with dark outer irises, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, brushstroked and feathered brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth with primly-set lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, all-wooden body with eight-loose-ball-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent, original body finish with few scuffs. Marks: 4. Comments: Emile Jumeau, his first period bebe with classic shy expression. Value Points: most endearing premiere bebe with very rare original wooden body, original Jumeau chemise, burgundy socks, leather shoes by Alart with impressed full figure of doll.
19" (48 cm.) Bisque socket head, blue glass inset eyes, dark eyeliner, brown painted curly lashes, incised eyeliner, brushstroked brows with feathered details, accented nostrils and eye corners, very slightly-parted lips in gentle smiling expression, row of porcelain teeth, brunette human hair hand-tied wig, French composition and wooden fully-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: SFBJ 238 Paris 6. Comments: SFBJ, circa 1912. Value Points: fine bisque, complexion and painting, original deep spiral-threaded eyes, wonderful antique costume and toy butterfly net.
11" (28 cm.) Each has bisque socket head, painted lashes and brows, open mouth, four porcelain teeth, French composition and wooden fully-jointed body; one with dark glass sleep eyes, brunette human hair, rayon dress, marked SFBJ Paris 2; the other with small blue glass eyes, light brown human hair, wearing white cotton dress, marked SFBJ 60 Paris 8/0. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: SFBJ, Gautier-Langereau, the bebes are of the Bleuette genre, circa 1920. Value Points: sought-after dolls are an interesting study of this genre.
8" (20 cm.) One-piece very plump bisque head and torso, cobalt blue glass eyes, painted lashes, brushstroked brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth, brunette human hair wig, peg-jointed bisque arms and legs with very muscular modeling, painted knee-high white stockings, tan painted ankle boots with dark brown tips, insets and lacing, antique costume. Condition: professional restoration to finger tips and back of right ankle. Marks: 1. Comments: Germany, circa 1885. Value Points: wonderful plump modeling, rare painting of boots.
15" (38 cm.) Bisque shoulderhead, brilliant cobalt blue glass inset eyes, pronounced dark eyeliner, painted lashes, delicately-feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth, center accent line, unpierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, kid poupee body with gusset-jointing at hips and knees, kid upper arms, bisque arms to above the elbows, well costumed. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, circa 1860. Value Points: brilliant eyes beautifully complement her delicate complexion, rare bisque arms.