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  1. Playing Their Parts

    By Florence Theriault. Automata, musical boxes, and singing birds are featured in this fabulous full-color book. Included are detailed descriptions of each of the movements, names of music, and other historical background references. Exceptional for reference, or just to enjoy reading about and seeing these superb antique treasures. 180 pages, hardbound. 9" x 12". Price Key Included. BT-235 Learn More

    Regular Price: $59.00

    Special Price $15.00

  2. From The Golden Age Of Automata: The Private Collection of Christian Bailly

    By Florence Theriault. An extraordinary new book features 150 exceptional automata from the private collection of the noted Parisian connoisseur Christian Bailley. Numerous color photographs and perspectives are offered of each work. 150 pages, Hardbound. 9" x 12". Includes Price Key. BT-224 Learn More

    Regular Price: $59.00

    Special Price $10.00

  3. Dolls In Motion

    By Florence Theriault. Dolls with hidden mechanisms have intrigued doll makers and collectors alike. Whether it is a French lady, a simple pull-toy with moving doll, or even an internal mechanism that causes a doll to walk, talk, or cry, these automata enchant and inspire us. More than 100 examples of these dolls are shown in this beautiful 104 page book. Over 200 full color photographs. Hardbound, 9"x 12". Price Key Included. BT-195 Learn More

    Regular Price: $49.00

    Special Price $15.00

  4. Music Motion Fancy Rare Automata

    By Florence Theriault. Rare automata and musical boxes from the 19th century are featured, including several outstanding models never previously documented. Multiple images of many pieces capture the "actions" of acrobats, clowns, and magicians. A gorgeous full-color book. 9" x 12". 158 pages. Hardbound. Includes Price Key. BT-266 Learn More

    Regular Price: $75.00

    Special Price $25.00

  5. The 1898 Ernst Holzweissig Music Box and Automaton Catalog

    The extraordinary variety of music boxes available to affluent Victorian homes is evident in this fully-illustrated catalog. Musical automatons, musical photograph albums, birds in cages, chairs that play music when sat upon, mechanical photographs, beer stains, liquor cabinets, auto-harps, accordions, musical sewing boxes, even Symphonium, Calliope, and Adler works. This catalog serves as a reference for an astonishing variety of some of the most rare and sought after in music boxes and automata. An invaluable tool in identifying and dating these items. 435 pages, soft bound, with thousands of illustrations. 7" x 10". BT-169 Learn More

    Regular Price: $39.00

    Special Price $5.00

  6. Bijoux, A Doll and Automata Auction Catalog

    An Important Auction of 19th Century Automata, Dolls and Playthings featuring over 500 lots of rare treasures of childhood past, highlighted by the long-lost collection of Madame X of Texas, with rarities ranging from the exceptional automata to the Kaonis Collection of Palmer Cox Brownies, a remarkable collection of early Steiff pieces, to the extremely rare bejeweled French lady by Rochard. German bisque characters, from a collection of more than 100 rare models, early English wooden dolls, early Kathe Kruse dolls, and stunning French bisque poupées. Softbound. 9" x 12". 256 pages. BT-339 Learn More
    $69.00

  7. Provenance, an Antique Doll and Automata Auction Catalog

    In the 1880s, while accompanying her husband to South America for his coffee business (of which a fortune was made and then lost by the intrepid travelers), the author Alice Wellington Rollins wrote these wise words, “I have no idle hour to spend in hunting up the bitter foe who simply ought to be my friend.” While on this voyage, the famed Vichy automaton “Pierrot Serenading the Moon” was gifted to the Rollins, as a token of friendship, and it has remained in their family, passed from generation to generation, until this time. This automaton, and over 400 lots of rare treasures of childhood past, including other important antique dolls which carry their own personal stories, some from original family owners and others having been cherished in famous collections or museums for many decades, including the important European collection of German doll author Lydia Richter, the Jim Kramer collection of rare Schoenhut circus memorabilia and superb early English wooden dolls with their family stories. Softbound. 9” x 12”. 184 pages. BT-342 Learn More
    $49.00

  8. Interlude, An Antique Doll and Automata Auction Catalog

    Highlighted by an exceptional collection of 35 rare automata from the Golden Age including several grand examples by Vichy such as Magician Lady, Girl with Theatre, and Lady with Performing Pierrot, each with portrait Jumeau heads, as well as the extremely rare Whistling Boy with art character face 205. Along with an outstanding collection of rare French bisque bébés and poupées, German bisque art characters, American folk cloth, mignonettes, dollhouses and other superb examples of childhood past. Each is featured in the fine full color catalog with detailed photographs and historical descriptions. 9" x 12". Softbound. 148 pages. BT-334 Learn More
    $59.00

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