Take a Look at
Our July 2012 Issue...

Ascent to the Mountains
The Spielzeugmuseum,
Angela Prader
in Davos, Switzerland

Our July cover features a tempting selection of dolls from the forthcoming sale of the legendary Spielzeugmuseum Davos, presented by Theriault's, Sunday, July 22 in New Orleans. Sadly health concerns have prompted the closing of this renowned European museum. We bring you some of the highlights of this important sale.

Miss Flora McFlimsey,
Mariana and Faded Elegance

by Florence Theriault

The following day, Monday, July 23 Theriault's conducts an important sale featuring important American and European collections. Florence Theriault highlights two interesting aspects of this auction — the extremely rare mystery portrait dolls by Madame Alexander and Miss Flora McFlimsey, a doll inspired by the children's books written by Marian Foster Curtiss.

A Look at Rare Lenci Dolls
by Judy Fisher

Lenci doll expert Judy Fisher shares photos and information on many of the company's rarest dolls. Illustrating the uniqueness of their craftsmanship are boudoir dolls, characters, children and babies. You will marvel at the exquisite detail in the dolls' costuming and learn the characteristics of each group.

Russian Dolls
by Penny Hadfield

There is little information on Russian dolls which makes Penny Hatfield's article fun and informative. She has been collecting antique cloth and bisque dolls from Russia for twenty-five years, attracted by the beautiful workmanship shown in their making. You'll enjoy this first time ever comprehensive look at these seldom seen dolls.

We're not in Kansas
anymore... or are we?

by Connie Lowe

Connie Lowe, an award winning doll maker and fashion designer, also an antiques dealer and collector, has written a compelling article about the latest doll phenomenon — ball jointed dolls, known as BJD's. As you will see in her article the roots of BJD's are much older than you might imagine!

Brooks House
by Susan Grimshaw

Susan Grimshaw walks us through the restoration of a British dolls' house. Although badly in need of repairs, the late Victorian suburban villa had well-proportioned rooms and great attention to detail. The talented author is adept at judicious restoration and putting to good use elegant remnants collected over the years, the result being a grand yet comfortable house.

Maud Tousey Fangel
Artist, Illustrator and
Doll Designer

by Sara Bernstein

Maud Tousey Fangel was among the most sought after artists of the early twentieth century, being especially noted for her drawings of young children and babies which graced the covers of countless magazines and product packaging. Her success led to a collaboration in 1938 with the Averill Company to produce cloth dolls with printed faces. Sara Bernstein shares with us Fangel's renowned artwork and the cloth dolls that are highly collectible today.

Perhaps you have noticed the new line above our masthead, The Complete Guide to Antique, Vintage and Collectible Dolls. It reflects our expanding focus on some of the iconic dolls of the twentieth century, names such as Madame Alexander, Vogue, Ideal and Horsman. According to the NADDA timeline (National Antique Doll Dealers Association) these dolls are antiques, and are becoming increasingly important to collectors.

Happy Collecting


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