The 250 year-old wooden doll named Nellie had reposed silently in an 18th century chest that furnished one of the 50 rooms of the 500 year old Radford House in
regal 28” tall, her enamel eyes appeared to shine in wonder on August 1st
as she was presented to a roomful of eager bidders at Theriault’s annual
mid-summer Marquis antique doll auction which is noted worldwide for offering
the finest doll treasures. Estimated at
$26,000-42,000, Nellie soared to $108,300 with competitive bidding from private
collectors as well as museums. Plymstock,
The doll had been in the private collection of an important British collector, who also consigned to the auction a remarkable French poupée by Adelaide Huret. Presented with an extensive original trousseau, the doe-eyed doll sold for $53,760 and will be highlighted in an important doll museum under construction in southern
Early dolls of papier mache, wood, and wax are presently enjoying resurgence in the doll collecting word, and Theriault’s August 1 auction proved the point well. Especially notable was a beautiful English wax doll by Montanari, replete with detailed and poignant provenance ($12,000-16,000). There was an early papier mache lady with remarkable sculpted coiffure in the young Queen
style and with rare blue glass yes; the elated winning bidder proclaimed, “I
sat through 437 other dolls at the auction just to bid on her. I first saw her in the home of Lorna
Lieberman 25 years ago and have dreamt of her ever since.” The bidder raised her paddle high and never
took it down under she was declared the winter at $4900(pre-sale
$1200-1500). Other examples include a
19” German lady with “beehive” coiffure topping at $2500 (pre-sale $1100-1300),
a 12” wax -over – papier mache child with
mechanical bellows at $3248 (pre-sale $800-1200), and a 22” French
papier mache bride with original elaborate wig at $4032 (pre-sale $2200-2800). Victoria
Theriault’s auction also featured the important German collection of Petra Aichele who for several decades had sought rare German art character bisque dolls. A most endearing painted dye boy by Bruno Schmidt wistfully walked away at $20, 160 (pre-sale $255-3500), Kammer and Reinhardt’s 112 model went to $19, 040(pre-sale $5007500), and her sister, the 109 model known as “Elise” reached $11, 200 (pre-sale $7500-9500). The cover doll, model 1263, a mere wisp of a child at 12” was $9800 (pre-sale $4500-6500), while a beautiful glass eyed character girl, model 149, by Hurtle and Schwab topped at $9520, (pre-sale $500-8500).
More than 500 rare and beautiful antique dolls were presented in the eight-hour auction, with cmpetitiv3e bidding from the attending bidders, absentee bidders, telephone bidders, and live online bidders. (Prices won reflect the buyer’s premium). Collectors cheered when an anxious friend won her sought after doll, plenty of laughter was here throughout the day (some at the traditional banter lines of Stuart Holbrook auctioneer and President of Theriault’s), and a spirit of good feelings pervaded the auction room.
To view all the of the doll in the auction visit www.theriault’s.com. The next scheduled Marquis catalog auction is in
on October 28-29
featuring important private collections.
To receive a free color brochure of the auction call Theriault’s at
410-224-3655 or visit www.theriaults.com. Scottsdale,
Lot 59: German Painted Eye Character with Original Clothes. Realized $1300.