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"The Reaches of the Street" Marquis Studio Auction at Theriault's October 3-4, 2020



Throughout its 50th anniversary year, Theriault’s will echo earlier catalog titles, those that most captured the sense of history offered by our common past.

October 3-4, 2020 —

Marquis Antique Doll Auction.

“The Reaches of the Street”, inspired by a line in an early 20th century poem by T.S. Eliot, was the theme of Theriault’s October, 1991 catalog which paid homage to dolls created during the art character movement of that same era, dolls aptly described in one famous exhibition as “children of the street”.

Featured in the auction is the very fine collection of the late Susan Hill of Fredericksburg, Virginia, which is highlighted by a wonderful bevy of the art character dolls featured in the original 1910 Berlin exhibition of “children of the street”. Included are three examples of the very rare dolls by Marion Kaulitz as well as Simon and Halbig models 111, 128, 151, 152 and from their earlier period characters 1303, 1304, 1398. Simon and Halbig, in fact, are leading contenders in the auction with a virtual study group of early dolls from the 700 and 900 series, as well as fine modeled-hair examples. Too, there are rare and choice examples of art character dolls from Kammer and Reinhardt, Gebruder Heubach, Franz Schmidt and others.

Not to be forgotten are the splendid French dolls in the auction including bébés, poupées and mignonettes, as well as all the accessories and ephemera surrounding their display. Too, there are Schoenhut dolls, googlies, early Steiff and Schuco animals, miniature shops including a delightful toy shop, and a charming group of early Sonneberg bisque dolls which so closely resembled their French counterpart bébés they have become known in collecting circles as “the great pretenders”. More than 300 wonderful dolls and playthings are included in the auction. A full-color auction catalog is available for $59 including shipping and after-sale prices.

A special note about the auction. During this Covid-19 era, Theriault’s is conducting this auction in studio at their Annapolis headquarters. Collectors are invited to tune into the live audio/video feed of the entire auction on their computer screen for bidding or simply to enjoy “a day at the auction”. And, of course, your absentee and telephone bidding is always welcome. If you have any questions, please call us at 410-224-3655. We promise a real live person will always answer the phone 9 AM to 8 PM weekdays.

A limited edition collectible book which includes award-winning photographs of every doll, detailed description and historical background, and pre-sale estimate is available to order now. 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 visit www.theriaults.com, email info@theriaults.com, or call 410-224-3655.

The auction begins at 11AM Eastern both days. 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.

Auction Information
The auction will take place at the Theriault's Studio in Annapolis, Maryland. For auction information call Theriault’s at 410-224-3655 M-F 9AM-5PM EST or go online to theriaults.com.

Our New Service
Face2Live is Theriault’s new service that allows you to schedule an appointment to view on live video feed close-ups of a few dolls you are most interested in. Simply click the handy button on the side of the bottom left of the page. From there you will be connected to one of our staff on video chat (you do not have to be on video yourself) who can either get the doll you are interested in right then or schedule an appointment with you later. A great way to get a close up look of features and face in a live private video session. Available M-F 9AM-4PM.

How To Bid. Choose the dolls that "speak" to you, and have the fun! You can bid absentee, bid live on the telephone, or bid live on the internet. For more information, please contact us at 410-224-3655, email us at info@theriaults.com or visit theriaults.com.