Large mixed collection of dolls and bears including: Madame Alexander- Kins x four little women, bisque and vinyl dolls, dolls clothing, dolls prams 24", doll reference books such as Antique Doll by Agnes Melger and British Dolls of the 1960s by Susan Brewer; plus a range soft toys and teddy bears including x three Harrods bears, one small Merrythrought bear plus others; some items would benefit from a cleaning (tobacco smell); (Qty).
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Madame Alexander Pair of vinyl dolls including: (1) Center Stage Cissy 2000, LE 265/350, baby pink gown and matching shawl, earrings and necklace, swing label (detached but present) and certificate, 19"/48cm; (2) Unnamed portrait doll, gold and black gown with removable cloak, earrings and necklace, MISSING labels, Good Plus to Excellent; (2).
American vintage hard plastic / composition teenage dolls x four: (1) General Doll Manufacturing Corp. teenage Walking Doll (Brooklyn, NY, USA), 1950s, hard plastic, with swing label, strawberry blonde Saran hair, original clothing, 15.5"/40cm; (2) R & B (USA) hard plastic doll, 1950s, wearing original dress, 16"/41cm; (3) Madame Alexander (USA) Sonja Henie composition doll, 1930s, wearing original skating outfit, 14"/36cm; (4) Arranbee (USA) composition skater doll, 1930s / 1940s, wearing original outfit, 17"/43cm; Good to Excellent Plus; (4).
A Kathe Kruse cloth doll and other various 1950s dolls , Kathe Kruse girl with synthetic head, painted features, blonde hair and on a cloth body wearing a pink corduroy dress, 14” (36cm) tall, condition: good, re-dressed, together with a Madame Alexander Ice skating doll and three black Pedigree dolls, one in need of stringing, together with two later hedgehog soft toys, (7 items).
An extensive Georges Méliès archive of autograph material and original photographs1. 11 Autograph Letters Signed ('G. Méliès') and two autograph manuscripts, all in French: nine letters to Léo Sauvage, dated March to November, 1937, and two, likely to critic Maurice Noverre, which were given to Sauvage by Merritt Crawford, dated October-November 1930, 25 pp total on various papers, concerning his films, career, other filmmakers, as well as a first-hand reference to a young American sculptor and his animated dolls made of wire performing shows in his Paris home (Calder's Circus, which he is to visit with Hans Richter); the two manuscripts are autograph lists of his primary illusions and tricks ('Illusions et grands trucs') produced by him at the Theatre Robert Houdin from 1888 to 1918, and his Principal Major Cinematic Compositions ('Principales grandes compositions cinematiques'), containing a list of 60 of his greatest films in 4 categories; with 3 carbon copies of typed responses from Léo Sauvage;2. 9 mounted vintage gelatin silver prints, roughly 5 x 7 in. to 6 x 9 in., on card mounts, various pencil notations to the verso, from the sets of the following films: Faust and Marguerite (1904), The Dreyfus Affair (Suicide of Colonel Henry) (1899), Humanity through the Ages (1908)(?), Eclipse (1907), Tunnel Under the Channel (1907), an unidentified family scene, and three promotional films for Brunot shoeshine, Bornibus mustard, and Dewars scotch.3. 2 Autograph Letters Signed ('J. Méliès') from Jehanne d'Alcy, Méliès's wife in his later years and widely considered the first female movie star, both early 1938, one on mourning stationery; with 2 carbon copies of typed letters from Léo Sauvage;4. Original invitation for the funeral of George Méliès, bordered in black, with original transmittal envelope addressed to Léo Sauvage, January, 1938;5. 7 promotional sales brochures (6 in French and one in English) for 5 Méliès films from his 'Star Films' company, one annotated by Méliès with pricing information: 'The Palace of the Arabian Nights' in French (annotated) and English (with 12 photos), 'Two Hundred Leagues Under the Sea' (2 copies), 'Joan of Arc,' 'Christmas Dream,' and 'Special Scenes from the 1900 World's Fair';6. 3 Autograph Letters Signed from Andre Méliès ('A. Méliès'), Méliès's son, to Léo Sauvage, 4to, November 1941 to January 1942;7. Assorted other ephemera and reproductions, including articles on Méliès, photocopies of letters, or original Méliès drawings and designs, etc.Provenance: Léo Sauvage (1913-1988); by descent.A FASCINATING AND IMPORTANT ARCHIVE OF GEORGES MÉLIÈS. In 1937, Léo Sauvage met the great filmmaker Georges Méliès and they became friends and correspondents over what would be the final year of Méliès life. Sauvage played a major role in the resuscitation of the filmmaker's reputation, facilitating articles, reviews, and photographs in various publications. The nine letters from Méliès to Sauvage constitute a review of his final year and the struggles of Méliès to secure his reputation (with the help of Sauvage). There is also a wonderful letter that speaks to the vibrancy of Méliès's Parisian life during the time as his star was again in ascendance, including an invitation from Hans Richter to a (in translation): 'show at the home of an American sculptor that I know, and who it is said makes very amusing shows with animated dolls that he fabricates with iron wires.' The first-hand contemporary reference to Alexander Calder's circus from the venerable magician Méliès is very rare, and Méliès further references a possible collaboration in film with Richter. There are also two manuscripts in Méliès's hand being Méliès's account of the important tricks in his films, as well as his own account of his films and his own categorization.The two letters from Méliès, likely to Noverre, were given to Sauvage by Merritt Crawford and discuss the contemporary arguments of Crawford and Noverre in defense of Méliès in the arguments regarding the beginnings of cinema, as well as Méliès's progress on a bookplate he is designing for Crawford. There are also two letters from Jehanne D'Arcy, widely credited as the first female movie star, who appeared in countless (literally) Méliès films before leaving the profession in 1903, and then becoming his wife later in 1916. We locate no other examples of Madame Méliès's autograph at auction, or in institutional collections. This is a large and important archive of materials, both autograph material and visual, including 9 rare photographs of Méliès productions, as well as the black-bordered invitation to Méliès's funeral at L'eglise Notre-Dame du Travail, with envelope addressed to Sauvage. In all, this is an emotionally stirring and academically viable collection of materials documenting the final year of Méliès's life, in the midst of his own revival and reassessment of his career that had begun in 1929.Léo Sauvage would go on to become a New York correspondent for Le Figaro and then the drama critic for the New Leader, and penned a well-regarded book on the history of cinema, L'affaire Lumière.
*Chinese puppets. A pair of opera puppets, late 19th century, two fabric hand puppets, with hand-painted carved wooden faces and feet, and articulated hands, both wearing hand-sewn silk robes embellished with braid or embroidery, some dust-soiling and a few small holes in places, male figure with choice of head attire (a mandarin hat with plait, and an embroidered hat with beaded tassels), male figure with paint chipped on feet and damage (with slight loss) to nose and forehead, female figure with embellished black hair and beaded earrings, and holding a folding paper fan, height 32cm (12.5ins) and 29.5cm (11.5ins) respectively, together with two dolls by Madame Alexander, New York, mid 20th century, both in elaborate costume, with gold hoop earrings and fruit headdresses, approximately 25cm (10ins) high, one with metal stand (Butler Doll Stand Co. Chicago), plus a broken oriental figurine A note accompanying the puppets reads rather charmingly: "I am very sorry, but my wife had a bad dream the other night, and she hit me on my forehead, and thus marred my beautiful countenance." (5)
*Doll. A bisque head doll, Germany: Schoenau & Hoffmeister, early 20th century, composition character doll with articulated limbs (index finger on left hand missing), bisque head impressed 'S H 1909 5' and 'PB' within star, brown glass sleeping eyes, slightly open mouth showing upper teeth, and long brown hair, dressed in a lace-trimmed blue velvet dress, length 59cm (23.25ins), together with three mid 20th century dolls by Madame Alexander (all with maker's name impressed on head), one a baby doll dressed in a long white gown (with additional dress, bonnet and pinafore), the other two princess dolls, wearing original clothes, and a tiara and sequinned headdress respectively, plus another doll similar, wearing a frilled 'Bo-Peep' dress and bonnet, plus a Theodor Recknagel bisque head costume doll, impressed '1909 DEP R 10/0 A', dressed in Swiss Guard style outfit, with sword on leather belt, and a similar German doll, impressed 'L 14/0', carrying a little leather satchel, hat and hair detached, plus a china head doll with china limbs, circa 1905, wearing a later dress (and with an earlier dress), plus four metal doll stands (8)
A collection of hard plastic dolls, including a walking Pedigree in blue dress, 21” (54cm) tall, Pedigree Princess Anne in spotted dress, , celluloid Raynal ‘flirty-eye’ doll, celluloid sailor and flirty- eye doll in green and white dress, Amanda Jane with two trunks of original clothes, flirty eye baby, a Schildkrot design baby, small Roddy walker, Madame Alexander and a Maori doll with baby (12 items).
19th CENTURY WAX OVER COMPSITION HEAD DOLL with wooden limbs and a green shawl; together with a Madame Alexander Little Genius doll with sleeping blue eyes, wearing a pink dress and bonnet, with tilt activated crying, boxed; a plastic doll with open mouth and teeth showing and sleeping blue eyes, wearing a red cape trimmed with white fur; a plastic headed doll; a Scottish doll with a full length green ball gown with tartan sash; and four cloth dolls (8)
Selection of assorted hard plastic dolls, includes: boy doll with painted face, height 45cm; 'Plasticbaby' doll, mark to back, height 14cm, with Original Toys dog; Pedigree Delite black doll with sleeping eyes, astrakhan hair, h.18cm; Madame Alexander style dress-makers doll, c.1940's, auburn wig and sleeping green eyes, height 51cm. (11)
Lot of thirteen Madame Alexander dolls, to include: English Guard, Boy (Conference Doll), 10" Floozy, Convention Doll with black and white checkered dress, Alice, Nurse, Irish, Ballerinas in blue and white, three dolls with yellow dresses, Leaf Fairy, and Hawaiian. Provenance: From a Framingham, MA estate.
LOT OF THREE ASSORTED DOLLS. Largest is an early cloth Madame Alexander doll in original box ""Little Nell"". Also included is a papier mache head squeak toy woman with a banner across her chest reading ""Votes for Women"". Last is an earlier Barbie with swivel neck, original black and white swim suit. SIZE: Little Nell: 15"" t (38cm). Barbie: 11"" t (28cm). CONDITION: Good to very good. 1-14093
Selection of dolls: German bisque head composition body doll, having fixed blue eyes, open mouth with teeth, blonde wig, painted features, jointed arms, h.44cm, together with a black and white photograph (copy) of the doll with her original owner and a note stating that the doll was brought over from America in 1895/6 (F with G head); `Madame Alexander` composition doll with cloth body; Welsh costume doll; miniature Hasbro doll. Conditions G-F. (4)
Collection of composition, hard plastic and other dolls: Composition baby doll, German, impressed 1370/2, weighted blue eyes, open mouth, moulded hair, cloth body wearing original type cotton and silk like garments, 15.5"/39cm; Armand Marseille painted bisque dressed as fairy, head is damaged (badly cracked), 11"/28cm; Peggy Nisbet King Henry VIII hard plastic portrait doll, within original box; Peggy Nisbet Norway costume doll within original box; Peggy Nisbet Sweden costume doll within original box; Porcelain pin cushion doll, 3"/8cm in height from base of torso to top of head; Madame Alexander hard plastic story book doll, original clothing, 6"/15cm; condition vary from Fair to Near Mint within Good packaging. (7)