Fine ladies, bebes, French fashion dolls prepare for the spotlight at Morphy’s April 2 Doll sale Fabulous French, German and American dolls from several long-time collections will be showcased in Morphy Auctions’ April 2, 2011 Spring Doll Sale. A total of 443 lots will be auctioned.
News-Antique.com - Mar 27,2011 - DENVER, Pa. –Fabulous French, German and American dolls from several long-time collections will be showcased in Morphy Auctions’ April 2, 2011 Spring Doll Sale. Comprising 446 lots, the auction has been cataloged by Morphy’s Fine Doll specialist, Jan Foulke, who is known not only for her exceptional knowledge of antique and vintage dolls, but also for her accuracy in creating catalog descriptions that assist both the novice and advanced collector.
One of the featured collections in the April 2 sale consists of a beautiful grouping of French and German dolls. One of the highlights is a 24-inch French Bru bebe on an original Chevrot body (lot 57).
Also sure to please collectors are a rare Jumeau Portrait Face Lady in stunning condition (Lot 170), a Jumeau Long Face “Triste” Bebe (lot 171), and an extremely rare French ethnic fashion doll (lot 62). The latter doll, attributed to Barrois, has a swivel bisque head on a bisque shoulder plate and features a long braided wig, black inset glass eyes and an open mouth with white porcelain teeth. It is elaborately costumed in an original, traditional outfit typical of those seen in North Africa.
One of the top lots of the sale, an extremely rare 17-inch French Van Rozen character doll is presented in all-original condition (lot 291). “Van Rozen created several different character faces, with this doll representing one of them,” said Foulke. “Van Rozens are considered important because they were part of the circa-1920 art doll movement.” The features on the doll’s face are extremely realistic, owing to the fact that designer was a sculptor and artist. The doll is expected to make $6,000-$10,000.
A number of desirable all-original bisque-head Bleuettes will be offered. One of them is accompanied by a wardrobe of original dresses. Foulke explained that Bleuettes were offered as premiums in a French children’s magazine, which only adds to their historical cachet.
Another highlight in the sale is the late-19th-century bisque “Lily” fashion doll. “This doll was sold only by Madame Lavelle-Peronne in her Paris shop,” Foulke noted.
Among the other front runners expected to finish in the auction winners circle are a Tete Jumeau size 1 – “Everyone’s looking for that one,” Foulke said – and an EB portrait fashion doll. The diverse French section is rounded out by more than a dozen other fine-quality bisque fashions and related dolls.
A very special single-owner collection of half dolls has been consigned to the sale. This collection of more than 75 half dolls includes some coveted examples, such as a Goebel “Jenny Lind,” a Goebel “Chocolate Lady,” an Art Deco German porcelain lady and many other highly desirable examples in mint condition.
Heading up the German doll selection are great examples of Simon & Halbig, Kammer & Reinhardt, Kestner, Steiner and many other wonderful German bisque dolls.
Foulke thinks the collection of 1930s Effanbee Patsy dolls will strike a chord with collectors, who love discovering rare examples. “There are definitely some Patsy dolls in this collection that