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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Theriault's Vive la France!!

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Theriault's Vive la France!!:       To see the dolls in the June 1st auction, click here . Theriault's Rendezvous, Nights at the Auction , are conducted at Theria...

Monday, May 16, 2016

The 21st Century Continued; Tonner and Wild Wedding with Wilde!!

Wilde Wedding and Bride Dolls

From” Since her debut, collectors have come to love Ellowyne Wilde; she has grown up with us, laughed, loved, and sorrowed with us.  The latest Tonner even features a “Wilde Wedding.  Wild, indeed!

Forever Ghastly, Wilde Imagination, Courtesy

Below is an invitation to a Wilde Wedding:

Join us to celebrate the nuptials of Evangeline Katrina Aster Gwendoline Ghastly and Mortimer Hubert Aloysius Mort!

Ellowyne and Lizette will be there to join the festivities.

Tuesday July 26 – at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Doors open at 10am – Lunch at 11:30am – doors closing 3pm

There will be a sales room, raffles, lunch, and more!

Reserve your spot now -$75 per person – Limited to 120 attendees


Brides and wedding dolls are special to collectors. Some collectors specialize in brides and wedding dolls from various countries.  I have looked for a Norwegian bride doll for years, but haven’t come up with one yet.  I childhood friend of mine had one, and I’ve wanted one ever since!

Still, I do have brides of all types, from all over the world.  They decorated the tables at my wedding reception. My fiancé, now husband, drew the line, though, when I wanted to include Corpse Bride dolls and the head of Dracula’s bride. Spoil sports, I say!  I also have cake toppers, some humorous, with brides chasing down grooms, and others vintage and sentimental, like the hugging wedding Kewpies that topped my babysitter’s wedding cake over 70 years ago. She gave them to me, to use for my wedding.

Special wedding dolls in my collection include those dressed in material from my mother’s and grandmother’s wedding dresses. My mother had a traditional, late 1950s dress with long veil and full skirt of tulle.  Her dress was rented; she kept only remnants and her shoes and veil.  My grandmother had a French silk, flapper style dress.  She and my grandfather married in Paris in 1927; she had a complete French trousseau.  Her dress melted over time,  but I salvaged most of it and dressed dolls for me, my mother and aunt.  I used even the scraps in clear plastic balls to make ornaments.

Wedding dolls are special, and international bride dolls are intricate and unusual.  They commemorate a happy time in a couples’ life, and are as beautiful and varied as the people and dolls that wear them.

Wilde Ellowyne, Wigged Out, Courtesy

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Book

La maison Huret - The Huret dolls French book by Theimer

This is a hardcover book with 270 full color pages magnificently illustrated that presents
the famous French dolls manufacturer The Maison Huret.
This is a woman who was at the origin of the aesthetic evolution of dolls in 1850
transforming them into luxury items, known as "Poupees Parisiennes".
Huret: a magical name, a name which gets doll lovers dreaming, a synonym - both in the past
and nowadays - of refinement and elegance worldwide.
You will discover the complete family history from 1786 to 1931, the successors
and their contributions, the historical context and the slow transformation of society,
but also how to recognize the "Huret style" and differentiate it from other Parisiennes dolls
discover the authentic home accessories for Huret, miniature furniture...



1. Leopold Calixte Huret
  • The founding father
  • Louis François BEFFARA
  • Beginnings, The Crown's Garde Meuble
  • The Paris Exposition of 1819
  • The tragic family drama
  • Imitation wood iron furniture and twisted iron furniture
  • The "Hammoch-cradle"
  • New family drama, new era
  • The "HURET-FICHET" war, the press and the novel...
  • The first patent
  • The new generation
2. Calixte Huret and her doll
  • Adélaïde Aimée Caixte HURET
  • The genesis of the HURET doll
  • The presentation of the HURET doll
  • The radle of the HURET doll's doll
  • Artistic recognition of the HURET doll
  • The first couturiere of the HURET doll
  • Hats
  • Shoes
  • Tights and handkerchiefs
  • Undergarments and nightgowns
  • Boxes
  • The Exposition Universele of 1855 in Paris
  • The "HURET style" furniture made by Leopold Senior and Junior
  • The HURET Sisters company
  • Mademoiselle Jeannie Louise BEREUX
  • The forgery trial for an "industrial reference"
  • New improvements
  • Such lovely diminutives
  • Jean Pierre TAHAN and Leopold HURET Junior
  • Birth of children's magazines
3. The successors of the "maison Huret"
  • The Société & LONCHAMBONE company
  • The Exposition Universelle of 1867
  • 1870 and later...
  • Calixte and the Bebe HURET
  • Jeanne's doll, grand daughter of poet Victor HUGO
  • The Aimé François LEMOINE period
  • The CARETTE period and modernism
4. lisa Julie Prevost

Technical aspects of the HURET poupee and bebe
The French texts are written by Danielle and François Theimer.

Printed in 2008, this book is NEW and is 8 inches x 12 inches ( 21 cm x 30 cm )

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Soiree by Theriault's May 14th! Doll Mastery at i...

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M.J. Arlidge, "The Doll's House"

Title:  Review:  “The Doll’s House” by M. J. Arlidge

Meta Title: “The Doll’s House” by M.J. Arlidge

Subtitle:  Detective Helen Grace interacts with A Doll’s House

Social Title:  A Doll House Mystery for Miniature Lovers

Review:  “The Doll’s House” by M. J. Arlidge. A Detective Helen Grace Mystery.  The New American Library, 2015.

As a connoisseur of all things doll and murder mystery, I had to read this book.  The title alone grabbed me and wanted me to include it in the second edition of my own book, “A Bibliography of Doll and Toys Sources.”

This is the third of Aldridge’s Helen Grace murder mystery series.  Set in Southampton, the style reminds me of Elizabeth George.  

Helen Grace, who is good at catching serial killers, including her own sister, has another serial offender case on her hands.  Young girls are being abducted, yet even when they disappear, their families receive texts and tweets from them. 

The chapters are old with alternating points of view, the latest victim’s, the killer’s, Det.  Helen’s, and her colleagues.  Some of her colleagues and superiors are intent on ruining her career, and their sneaky tactics make an interesting subplot.

One pathetically sinister character and his sister have grown up in a moldering, damp old Victorian house straight out of Dickens or The Cryptkeeper’s TV series.   To hide from their violent mother who drinks, they retreat to the attic.  Previous owners have left al kinds of rubbish there, including a doll’s house, described below:


“Once safe, they had turned their attention to the toys within the magic circle.  They stole valuable items from Dixons—Game Boys—as well as books, dolls and Tom Trumps from other children—but oddly the thing they kept coming back to was the doll’s house.  They had inherited it in poor condition.  The plastic windowpanes ere long gone and there were childish scribblings in biro on the roof that wouldn’t come off however hard they scrubbed.  But for all that they loved it, not least because inside were two small figures.  Once dressed in pin, one dressed in blue.

The adopted one each, naming them appropriately, and began to lay with reality, imagining themselves in faraway places, living unfamiliar, glamorous lives. King and queen of all they surveyed. It was an arresting fantasy and they played it every day . . . It was their world—their special world—and he still felt a deep pang of shame whenever he pictured the doll’s house’s sad end—smashed into a hundred pieces by his hand . .. What a fool he had been. . . He would have coveted the doll’s house had he still possessed it.”

The doll’s house becomes a metaphor for who the victims are ultimately imprisoned by their killer, in a contrived setting that reminds the reader of a large doll house.  The premise is similar to John Fowles’ classic, “The Collector.”

Years ago, the old TV show “Daniel Boone” starring Fess Parker featured an episode where an eccentric collector kept his treasures stored in an underground cave.  He had many unusual figurines and life-sized statues among them.  The story turned bizarre when Boone discovered a young girl, played by Mariette Hartley, entrapped among the treasure.  That particular collector also had a penchant for kidnapping people and making them part of his “collection.”  The book “A Gentle Madness” explores more mental conditions that have afflicted this type of “collecting”, in the past. I have to comment here that the sociopath’s featured in this book were sociopaths before they got interested in collecting anything.  It’s fun to play with the idea of collectors gone mad, if you will, and the authors mentioned here are not the only ones to play with the theme.  Yet, please remember that collecting leads to wonderful thing, teaches knowledge, promotes diversity, and inspires many trades and avocations.

This novel is fast paced, and hard to put down.  My only clue that the latest victim might survive was that so much of the story was told in her perspective.  This is a great book for those who want to explore the “dark’ side of life, and of collecting.

About the Author:

M.L. Arlidge has had a career in television for over 15 years,   He lives in England, and his other Det. Helen Grace mysteries are “Pop Goes the Weasel” and “Eeeny Meeny.”   Those who read the Alex Cross mysteries by James Patterson will note the nod to the use of children’s nursery rhymes. The latter book  has been sold in 28 countries.  For more, go to


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: June Sneak Peek!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: An Interview with Rebekah Kaufman

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