Announcing A Gala Weekend of Antique Dolls, Automata and Doll Costumes March 11 and 12, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point near Naples, Florida
"Interlude" Marquis Catalogued Auction
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Preview 9AM. Auction 11AM EST.
Featuring the extraordinary collection of French automata from the notable Gail Cook Collection, carefully sought and acquired over 30 years. Her connoisseur’s eye sought rarities with four criteria: rarity (in some cases, only one or two of the remarkable pieces are known to exist), splendid music and imaginative motion; superb presentation of costuming; and a centering bisque doll figure with a gorgeous portrait faces. Her goal was remarkably achieved.
The collection includes the remarkable 31” “Lady Magician”, “Lady Juggler” and “Lady Shepherdess” with surprise hidden in her market basket by Roullet et Decamps, “Organ Grinder with Dancing Dolls” and “Little Girl with Theatre and Dancing Dog” by Vichy, among other grand size rarities. There is the gorgeous portrait lady reclining on a recamier, a dainty little girl seated with amusing toys, a grand-size waltzing couple, and an elegant society lady who peers through her binoculars. Notable faces among the prestige 19th century automata were the exclusive art character model commissioned from Jumeau. Significant in the collection is the 27” “Whistler” designed with the Jumeau 205 art character face; the automaton, when wound, merrily tilts to and fro whistling “Bicycle Built for Two”, the popular tune introduced in 1892, the same year that the automaton was presented. Other automata in the collection with Jumeau art character faces include the crying girl with broken Polichinelle toy, and the laughing child with birdcage and berries. The collection goes on and on, and is extraordinary in every way.
Yet the auction includes so many more treasures. There are splendid bisque bébés from illustrious French doll firms including Bru, Jumeau, Schmitt, Gaultier, and Steiner. Especially rare is a brown-complexioned Bébé Jumeau in superb original elaborate Hindu wedding costume with classic bindi red dot on the forehead and superb complexion. Rare and beautiful poupées are garbed in choice antique costumes, and others have rare wooden fully-articulated bodies. Of particular interest is “Mlle Frou-Frou of Boston” who lives in her original well-labeled trunk (actually two trunks) with a variety of early costumes and undergarments, most ink labeled in tiny script “Frou-Frou 1871”, from the estate collection of early collector Beulah Franklin whose other dolls are also featured in the auction. There are mignonettes, early cloth and folk dolls, collection of googlies. English wooden dolls and early paper mache dolls, superb collection of early miniature paintings of fine ladies, German bisque art character dolls, cloth dolls including Lenci, Gottschalk and Bliss dollhouses and miniatures, fine quality doll furniture including maitrise models, rare German porcelain dolls, and hundreds of other fine antique dolls and childhood ephemera.
The wonderful dolls are presented in a fine full color catalog, titled “Interlude” with well-detailed descriptions of each object. Collectors are urged to attend the auction to view the extraordinary objects in person, although if attendance is not possible, the auction can be viewed live online, and collectors are able to bid absentee via telephone, written or online. Get the collector's book - call 800-638-0422 or order here.
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"What Finespun Threads" Antique Doll Costumes, 1840-1925 | Sunday, March 12, 2017
Preview 9AM. Auction 11AM EST.
Discovery Day Auction | Sunday, March 12, 2017
Preview 10AM. Auction 12PM EST. (Sunday auctions conducted simultaneously in adjacent rooms)
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Each auction is featured in a softbound commemorative catalog with award-winning color photography and detailed historical descriptions. Each catalog is $59 including priority shipping and after-sale prices realized, or order both catalogs for a combined $99. To order catalogs or to request a free color brochure call 800-638-0422. For auction information call 800-638-0422 or 410-224-3655 or email [email protected].