The end of each year seems a time of reflection, of gratitude for family and good friends and all that is fortunate in our lives. Beginning with the quintessential American holiday — Thanksgiving — a giving of thanks — and continuing with days and weeks of community, sharing, and gratitude, it is, too, the time to rekindle our sense of history. How perfect, then, is an auction of antique dolls, those memorable links to childhood past. Theriault's merrily presents — with gratitude for another year in the company of fine friends and precious treasures — our annual holiday antique doll auction in a 8.5" x 11" softbound catalog featuring nearly 300 lots.
Including Oklahoma (Whitman 1956), Jane Powell (Whitman 1955), Marge and Gower Champion (Whitman 1959), Jane Russell (Saalfield 1955), Piper Laurie (Merrill 1953), Grace Kelly (Whitman 1955), Diana Lynn (Saalfield 1952), Deanna Durbin (Merrill, 1940), Elaine Stewart (Whitman 1955), Gale Storm (Whitman 1958), Betty Field (Saalfield 1943), Doris Day (Whitman 1952), Claire McCardell (Whitman 1956), Laraine Day (Saalfield 1953), Margaret O'Brien (Whitman 1944), and Polly Bergen (Saalfield 1957). All are uncut, generally very good/excellent, some small tears and rubs on covers.
16" (41 cm.) Carved wooden socket head with sculpted hair waved across the forehead, intaglio sculpted blue eyes with pronounced white eyedots, feathered brows, closed mouth with very full lips, wooden spring-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent, very slight craquelure on original finish of forehead and nose bridge. Comments: Schoenhut, circa 1912, model 205. Value Points: wonderfully-preserved original finish with well-sculpted hair and eyes enhancing the pouting expression.
9" (23 cm.) Of dark brown mohair, with pressed felt face and ears, amber glass inset eyes, white mohair beard, jointed long arms with felt hands, jointed legs in bent knee pose with felt feet; the monkey is posed seated upon a cast iron frame with red wooden wheels and is designed to move forward and backward when pulled along. Generally excellent. Germany, Steiff, circa 1949, the monkey has original "Made in US Zone Germany" cloth tag.
13" (33 cm.) Having a rich golden mohair coat, the teddy has a swivel head with rounded face and protruding rounded snout with brown embroidered nose and mouth, side-stitched ears, black shoe-button eyes, jointed elongated arms with felt paw pads, side-jointed legs with felt paw pads. Very good, few small holes in paw pads. American, Ideal Novelty & Toys, circa 1905.
17" (43 cm.) All cloth doll with pressed and oil painted complexion, facial features and hair, curls onto his forehead, shaded green eyes with spiral painting, black and brown upper eyeliner, white eyedots, closed mouth with pouting lips, blushed cheeks, stitch-jointed arms, disc-jointed legs, separately-stitched thumbs. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Kathe Kruse 1613. Comments: Kathe Kruse, circa 1910. Value Points: very fine early model with original painting, and wearing wonderful original country costume.
14" (36 cm.) Bisque socket head, brown glass paperweight inset eyes, painted lashes, dark eyeliner, brush-stroked brows, rose-blushed eye shadow, accented eye corners and nostrils, closed mouth with outlined lips, pierced ears, brunette human hair over cork pate, French composition and wooden eight loose-ball-jointed body with straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Depose 5 (incised, and artist checkmarks) Jumeau Medaille d'Or Paris (body). Comments: Emile Jumeau, circa 1884. Value Points: endearing expression with beautifully-painted features, original body and body finish, and wearing wonderful antique costume comprising pearl-buttoned coat/dress with capelet collar and lace trim, undergarments, lambswool cap with silk ribbon, coral knit stockings, and rose silk shoes with gilt lettering "Bebe Jumeau Med d'Or 1878 Paris Depose" and incised "5".
7" (18 cm.) diam. table. A circular pedestal table with tripod base has ogee border and exotic woods in geometric design; the table top can be tilted when not in use, and is laid with a very elaborate silver service, including lidded coffee pot, lidded teapot, lidded creamer, creamer, and toast rack (each with impressed hallmarks or "sterling" mark. Excellent condition. Late 19th century.
3" (8 cm.) pot. The three-piece set has elaborate raised overall designs including figural profile of face, tiny flaw feet, scrolled handles, and including lidded tea pot, creamer, and lidded sugar dish. Each with elaborate silver hallmarks. Along with similar serving tray. Excellent condition. Late 19th century.
2" (5 cm.) h. pot. Including lidded chocolate pot with claw feet and bone handle, creamer, mug, lidded tray, cup and saucer, service bowl with repousse edge, double-handled tray, two knives, tongs, two forks, and ten teaspoons. Each piece is marked sterling or with hallmarks. Excellent condition. Late 19th century.
10" (25 cm.) A cast bronze four-shelf etagere has set-back shelves and elaborate columnar sides, scrolled lattice design at the back, and is lavishly filled with a bounty of porcelain including Staffordshire teapot, sugar, creamer and two cups and saucers, along with miniature trinket box, lattice bowls, and silver basket, teapot, and candlestick. Generally excellent. 19th century.