Paris has always held promise for those who yearned for its special quality. Strolling the boulevards, sidewalk cafes, the arts, the lights, the good red wine. If "making it" in New York meant success anywhere, the promise of Paris was simply living well. Those who visited did not come home empty handed. The glorious dolls from the golden age were largely made for the enthusiastic American traveler who bought armloads of treasures, including fine French bisque dolls, home. American composition dolls are also featured here. 8.5" x 8.5". Softbound. 108 full-color pages.
12" (30 cm). Bisque socket head, brown glass
sleep eyes, painted lashes, incised eyeliner,
brushstroked brows with feathered highlights,
accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth
with shaded and accented lips, blonde mohair wig
over plaster pate, early composition and wooden
jointed body with straight wrists, antique lace
costume cap, undergarments, leather boots.
CONDITION: Generally excellent. MARKS: 4.
COMMENTS: Kestner, circa 1890. VALUE POINTS: Rare
model in appealing petite size has choice bisque
and painting, original body and body finish,
21" x 18" closed. A wooden box, designed as
though it were a carnival stall, has sloped roof
and hinged front that double-folds open to fitted
arcade interior. At the center stands a bisque-
headed man with painted hair; the pinball works
and allows the player to "win" a prize from among
the 39 miniature toys, dolls and novelties that
are arranged on the back walls. To the left is
arranged a revolving wheel with center doll that
directs the roulette activity; there are an
additional nine prizes that could be won at this
point. At the right is a wooden pin arrangement
with tossing metal ball, and on the doors are
arranged wooden number sticks and 18 additional
prizes. The doors and back of stall are
labelled "Les Jeux Forains" (_the carnival
games_). The toy is extremely rare to find in any
condition; this example is preserved in pristine
unplayed with condition. French, circa 1885.
14" (35 cm). White bisque socket head with
elaborately painted clown decorations, brown
glass inset eyes, red eye outline, closed mouth
with exaggerated painting of mouth, pierced ears,
fleecy mohair wig of red and green, French
composition jointed at shoulders and hips.
CONDITION: Generally excellent. MARKS: Eden Bebe
H Paris (head) Le Petit Parisien (body).
COMMENTS: Fleischman and Blodel, circa 1895.
VALUE POINTS: The wonderfully decorated clown has
original wig, wears original silk clown costume
and slippers; the clown owns an all-celluloid
donkey with "nodding" head, calico costume,
12" (30 cm). Solid domed bisque socket head,
blonde brushstroked baby hair with forelock curl,
blue glass sleep eyes, painted lashes, short
feathered brows, accented nostrils and eye
corners, open mouth, shaded and outlined lips,
two porcelain upper teeth, composition bent limb
baby body, rose cotton baby dress. CONDITION:
Generally excellent, left thumb broken. MARKS:
JDK made in Germany. COMMENTS:: Kestner, circa
1915, the model was known as "Baby Jean". VALUE
POINTS: Fine quality of bisque, excellent
definition of baby dimples, original body and