Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Alderfer Auction November 4th

"Fall" In Love - Doll Auction will presented by Alderfer Auction & Appraisal on Wednesday November 4th and Thursday November 5th. This will be an interesting auction featuring several large estates from New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Of note will be a large grouping from the Richard Wright Antique store in Birchrunville, PA.

Richard Wright was well known as an appraiser on the PBS Antiques Road Show and a highly regarded dealer in fine antique dolls and general antiques. We are pleased to represent the collection of dolls which include French bisque, early papier mache - Greiner, German bisque, early cloth folk art and Beecher type, miniatures, figurines. He was also known for selling antique parts and supplies for dolls including German and French bodies, antique children’s and doll clothing, hats, shoes, as well as doll wigs and other accessories.

It is interesting how one type of doll presents itself and then many others of the same type also come in from different consignors. A large grouping of Kathe Kruse and similar makers of cloth dolls of different time periods from the early 1930’s to the 1990’s will be sold. A nice grouping of the cloth Martha Chase dolls, originally made in Pawtucket, RI are represented. The Sasha dolls that originally were designed by Sasha Morgenthaler in Zurich, Switzerland, are also well represented.
In this auction, a collection of larger size German bisque character babies will be featured. These were collected over the years by a couple with a young daughter. Now that she is off to college, it was time to let them go. Byelo babies, K*R Simon Halbig, J.D. Kestner, Gebruder Knoch, Heubach, Cuno & Otto Dressel, K*R, just to mention a few.
Two nice automatons will be sold. A Simon Halbig lady is holding up two wands connected by a string; a brass pendulum moves back and forth when in motion. Three German dolls stand together with two older children playing instruments, and the other younger child moves back and forth.
Many German bisque dolls have come to be sold including Simon Halbig, Armand Marseille, Cuno and Otto Dressel, Heubach Kopplesdorf, Handwerck, CM Bergmann, K*R Simon Halbig, Schoenau and Hoffmeister, CM Bergmann Simon Halbig, Alt, Beck and Gottschalck and other manufacturers. There are all bisques, dolls under 13", and full size dolls up to 34" in the German category.

Several doll artists will be represented incuding Annette Hemstedt and R.J. Wright. Three of Wright’s earlier adult dolls and more specifically what may have been a one of a kind Red Riding Hood doll with red hair instead of the traditional brown.
There are over 80 lots of Steiff and other mohair animals. Many groupings of miniatures and a small Bliss type dollhouse. Vintage Madame Alexanders and Shirley Temple lots, including books and ephemera. Some interesting cloth, composition and wood dolls including Schoenhut and a crèche figure.

One large collection from the House of Nisbet is being offered. This includes not only the beautiful plastic historical figures but china royal family children, Victorian Birthday dolls and historical figures in different sizes. These are all beautifully costumed.
The two day sale will open with body parts and doll supplies, doll books, and finally approximately 500 lots of discovery dolls and related items. There is definitely something for everyone over these two days.

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