Take a look at our June 2015 issue...

Our collector friends from Norway have shared another of their passions: Steiner bébés. Alf Ertsland writes abut the adventures he and his partner Svein have enjoyed as they traveled to fairs, shows and auctions and the strong attraction they felt for the delightful Steiners with round faces. As always Alf’s excellent photography captures the essence of each doll.

 

François Theimer tells us the story of a remarkable poupée discovered this year bearing the inscription on the neck “Marguerite de Valois” who was married to Henry IV, the first of the Bourbon line. Three other examples lacking the inscription have been seen, however this example is unique and obviously made for an individual of great importance.

In honor of June, the most popular month for weddings, Laurie Baker gives us an in-depth look at an antique haute couture bridal gown that boasts many of the accoutrements contemporary French brides would have enjoyed.

 

Lenci doll expert Nancy Lazenby writes about an extremely rare felt banner measuring 21-feet long, depicting children that resemble Lenci dolls made during the 1920’s and 30’s. It is an extraordinary piece of art, depicting the children as they age and play outdoors in the changing seasons. Click here to see full length banner.

 

In 1877 the Jumeau factory offered a new material for use in making doll heads. The new dolls were called incassable meaning unbreakable and they actually sold for more than their bisque counterparts! Ginger Strain shares her collection of small size incassable children.

 

Colorful pictorial broadsheets that narrated a story were a popular form of entertainment for French girls during the 1800s. Called epinal prints, they taught moral lessons as well as amusing young children. Melanie Luther gives us their fascinating history.

All this plus auction results and much more!

Happy Collecting!