SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. — In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, Stephenson’s in suburban Philadelphia will hold a gallery auction on Sunday, Nov. 13, of antique and vintage dolls from area estates and private collections. of the mid-Atlantic.
In addition to beautiful dolls dating from the 19th century to modern times, the 242-lot auction includes several automatons, Steiff stuffed animals and soft toys, doll clothes and accessories, and many delightful extras such as tea sets. , crockery and wardrobe trunks. Bid in absentia or live online via Live auctioneers.
One of the featured lots is a 13-inch-tall bisque-headed Jumeau doll wearing a blue lace-trimmed dress and fancy hat. The doll is stamped Twin Gold Medal Paris on its composition and articulated wooden body and has all the fine features one would expect from a Jumeau production – blue paperweight eyes, feathery eyebrows and pierced ears. The presale estimate is $2,000 to $4,000.
Very official in appearance, a rare Gebruder Heubach doll from around 1915 is dressed in the uniform of a Prussian or German soldier, with epaulettes, painted boots and a carved spiked helmet known as a pickelhaube. It stands 9½ inches tall and sells at auction with an estimate of $800 to $1,500.
A 9½ inch lace dressed French biscuit bebe by Jules Steiner is branded The Parisian on his hollow bisque head, and The Parisian … Paris on his hip. His body of five attachments is quirky, and facial features include blue clipboard eyes, painted eyelashes, feathered eyebrows, pierced ears, and an open mouth with teeth. The French charmer wears a blonde mohair wig under a beautifully decorated dustcoat style hat. Estimate: $800 to $1,200
Another French production, a 13-inch fashion doll attributed to François Gaultier, has a hollow bisque head and shoulder plate, and an articulated gusseted body of goatskin. The doll has fixed blue clipboard eyes, painted eyelashes and eyebrows, a closed mouth and pierced ears. Her ensemble consists of a garnet-red velvet dress, a simple bandeau-style hair adornment, and lacy undergarments. Estimate: $800 to $1,200
The lucky buyer of lot 219 will get two for the price of one. The duo of old twin biscuit dolls from the SFBJ (France), one blonde and the other brunette, is comfortably installed in a trunk which also includes a very beautiful wardrobe “made by mom”. Each of the smiling toddlers is approximately 10 inches tall and has a 5-piece poseable body. The adorable siblings are offered with an estimate of $850 to $1,200.
One of the most popular mid-century American dolls is Vogue’s Ginny, known for her perfectly matching outfits that included the accessories little girls loved to add to dress up their imaginary friend. A particularly well-dressed Black Ginny walker doll looks perfect in her white-trimmed full-skirted dress, straw hat, white knit socks, red Mary Jane shoes and her “first bodice,” which is contained in a Vogue transparent. box hanging from the doll’s wrist. The bid estimate is $600 to $800.
Other noteworthy dolls include a googly antique #245 bisque SFBJ doll, $900-$1,400; an antique K*R (Kammer & Reinhardt) 101 15-inch bisque-head doll with ball-jointed body, painted eyes and closed mouth, $500-$1,000; and 24 inch antique bisque head doll with marked body Twin and the scarred head 15$600 to $1,000.
Several antique European automatons add whimsy to the sale, including a hand-cranked German example designed as a five-piece group. Each of the musicians has a bisque head and will participate in playing an “air” when the crank is turned. The bid estimate is $800 to $1,200.
Stephenson’s Dolls and More auction on Sunday, November 13 will be held at the company’s spacious gallery located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, Bucks County, PA 18966. The session will begin at 2 p.m. East, with a preview from noon to 2 p.m. All forms of bidding will be available, including live in the gallery, remotely, over the phone or live over the internet via Live auctioneers. For more information on any lot from the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or email [email protected]
Stephenson Auctioneers and Appraisers
1005 Boul. Industrial
About Stephenson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers
Since 1962, family-owned Stephenson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers has been the most trusted choice for appraising and selling estates, collections and real estate in the tri-state area and beyond. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Stephenson’s is a full-service auction company. Our company has the unique ability to handle the sale of antiques, real estate and residential property, and real estate, while additionally having the particular expertise to handle corporate and commercial liquidations at auction. We hold weekly auctions in our air-conditioned 5,000 square foot gallery and also hold on-site auctions of real estate and home or business contents. Once a season, Stephenson’s holds its popular Antiques and Decorative Arts auction. In addition, several times a year we hold specialist auctions that feature collections of, for example, dolls, toys, trains, guns, books and ephemera, and coins. Stephenson’s is licensed, bonded and insured. To learn more, visit www.stephensonsauction.com.