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  1. 300 Impossible Things Before Noon

    By Florence Theriault. This book pays tribute to the imaginations of doll and toy makers of the past 150 years who have created seemingly impossible playthings. Hardbound, 124 pages with 350 color photographs. 10" x 10". With Price Key. Learn More
    $49.00

  2. Dolls, A Movable Feast

    By Florence Theriault. A mouth-watering selection including German character dolls, gorgeous French bebes, rare early china dolls, all-bisque mignonettes, rare-size impish googlies, rarities such as 18th-century wooden court dolls (from the collection of the late Claude Detave of Paris), and superb diminutive furniture. Hardbound, 118 pages. 9" x 11". Price Key Included. Learn More
    $49.00

  3. The Happy Life Of A Collector

    This beautiful art quality book that will have special appeal to lovers of French and German antique dolls. Other antique playthings in the book include dollhouse, mignonettes, costumes, the 1930's portrait series of ladies by Alexander, and rare artist dolls by Dewees Cochran. Price key included. 8 ½" x 11". Hardbound. 128 pages. Learn More
    $49.00

  4. My Life As A Doll

    By Florence Theriault. A tiny wooden doll born in 1840 makes a hundred-year voyage through the world of dolls, remarking on dolls and doll history as she travels. The unusual storyline provides a thread to 250 rare and beautiful antique dolls of all sorts that are featured in the book. Hardbound, 112 pages. 8 ½" x 11". Includes Price Key. BT-207 Learn More

    Regular Price: $49.00

    Special Price $15.00

  5. An Early American Childhood, Dolls, Toys and Playthings of American Youth, 1780-1889

    By Florence Theriault. A detailed account of the toys of early American youth through photographs and descriptions of actual examples. These are toys which preceded dolls by several decades as a viable and prominent American industry. 8 1/2" x 8 1/2". 88 pages. Price Key Included. BT-150 Learn More

    Regular Price: $39.00

    Special Price $10.00

  6. An American Childhood

    More than 1000 wonderful antique dolls showcasing dolls of American childhood from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. The dolls range from plain and simple folk art dolls to sophisticated and elegant French bebes and ladies -- a veritable visual study of play in emergent America, bustling with energy and pioneer spirit. A two-volume set. Full color photos. 324 pages. Learn More
    $79.00

  7. Inspiration! The Robert Tonner Collection of 1950s Dolls

    Every important doll designer throughout history has drawn inspiration from those who came before. Robert Tonner, considered by most to be the premiere contemporary designer of today’s high fashion dolls, is no exception. His inspiration, he avers, has been the extraordinary fashion ladies of the 1950s, and over several decades he assembled an important collection of rarities from this period. They are presented in this beautiful full-color volume. 9" x 9". Softbound. Learn More
    $49.00

  8. Let the Music Begin!

    An old French children’s game, En Avant la Musqiue, graces the back cover of Theriault’s upcoming doll auction catalog and serves as the theme of the auction - “Let the Music Begin!” Begin indeed, and play on through, too. Exceptional dolls from private collections are featured ranging from those of the esteemed French firms of Bru, Jumeau, Schmitt, Steiner, and others, and highlighted by the extremely rare Jumeau art character 201, of which only one other example is known to exist. The great diversity of the 350 wonderful dolls in the auction is yet in harmonious concert for one common theme prevails: the superb condition and originality of each doll. Plan to be at the auction when Stuart Holbrook signals the opening chords, and “Let the Music Begin!” 9" x 9". Softbound. Full-color. Learn More
    $59.00

  9. Cotillion, The Susan Whittaker Collection

    To the celebrity friends that filled her sweeping Beverly Hills home she was gorgeous, glamorous and elegant. To her family, she was loving and generous and funny, endowed with a “perfectly wicked sense of humor”, says her nephew. And in the doll world she was known for choosing the best and the beautiful and, sometimes, the most whimsical of dolls. Which is why her collection ranged from the extraordinary beauty of five (yes, five) splendid early period A.T. bébés by Thuillier to the fanciful wittiness of the three (yes, three) sought-after Oscar Hitt googly dolls, and is highlighted by a very fine Albert Marque doll, described by her son as “the one that was most near and dear to her heart, a Valentine’s gift from my father in 1977.” That was Susan Whittaker, whose estate collection is being presented in this book. The legendary collection was begun in the early 1970s and includes more than 400 fine antique dolls including an extraordinary array of the rarest of French bébés (H, AT, Bru, Jumeau, Schmitt and a fabulous Marque) and more than 200 exceptional early mignonettes, delightfully counterpointed by more than 50 googlies in the rarest models and sizes known to exist. Despite her enthusiastic attention to “anything doll”, Susan was, in the choice of her own dolls, very focused and fastidious. “She had an eye”, said one collector friend, “something you can’t define, but somehow she just always spotted the best of the best in a roomful of dolls, and that would be the one she chose.” Learn More
    $75.00

  10. Only Child, The Berta Leon Hackney Collection

    On her fifth birthday, Berta Leon Hackney was given a doll by her father. And a promise. Every week thereafter she could choose another doll to add to her collection. Thus, in the midst of the Depression Years, she, an only child, was blessed with this happy start to collecting that laid down the very foundation of her doll-filled home today. Now, some 80 years later, the collection has grown from these childhood dolls into a world-class collection. Over 500 dolls are featured that range from exquisite French bébés and automata, to one of the most extensive collections of early porcelain and sculpted hair bisque ladies, from fully furnished dollhouses including an outstanding French chateau to German bisque characters, a fine collection of French and German black dolls, a remarkable group of German handwind vignettes by Zinner and Sohne, fine mignonettes, and everything else you can imagine from rare peddler dolls to clowns with rare bisque character heads, to fine early dolls in their original costumes and boxes. Learn More
    $75.00

  11. As In A Looking Glass

    Five major collections including those of noted early collectors Jean Strong of Williamsville, New York (Bru, Jumeau, Huret, fashions, automata, and American cloth), Bonnie Tussing of Florida (classic bébés and rare German characters), and Patricia Cox of Portland, Oregon (A.T., Jumeau, Bru, German characters, and rare automata). There are original dolls and automata fresh from French estates, and carved wooden and Neapolitan dolls of the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum (sold to benefit the museum’s collections fund). 8.5" x 11". Softbound. 168 full-color pages. Learn More
    $59.00

  12. Kaleidoscope, The Collections of Helen Welsh and Evelyn Heideprim

    This catalog encompasses the vision and love of varying styles of dolls from legendary Pennsylvania collector, Helen Welsh, and the great early collection of Evelyn Heidepriem, who single-handedly put South Dakota on the map for doll collecting and inspired thousands of collectors across the Western Plains. The result, one of the most exciting and unique events in Theriault’s history...a veritable kaleidoscope whose patterns and designs and colors will vary through the eye of each and every collector who views these dolls. 10" x 10". Hardbound. 232 full-color pages. With Price Key. Learn More
    $89.00

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