Saturday, October 29, 2011
Written by Auction House PR Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:35
Magnificent 29-inch size 13 'Triste bebe' by Jumeau with luminous complexion. Image courtesy Frasher's Doll Auctions.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Splendidly attired French bebes and poupees will make a fashion statement at Frasher’s auction Nov. 5, which is appropriately titled “A Shopping Spree – For Bebe & Me.” The event will be held at the KCI Expo Center at Kansas City International Airport.
Online live bidding for the 300-lot auction will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.
Although dolls dressed in the finest fashions of their era adorn the catalog pages, more luscious frocks, bonnets, parasols and finery are waiting to be purchased.
Preview for the sale will be Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 until the start of the sale at 10:30 a.m. Central. On Sunday, Nov. 6, Frasher’s will conduct an uncataloged auction, for attending bidders only, featuring over 275 lots.
The auction is based on a fine private collection focused primarily on choice French dolls and fabulous doll clothing, bonnets, parasols and assorted accessories and miniatures, plus dolls from the Reber estate.
The luscious Bebe Bru Jne 7 with entrancing blue eyes and fitted French silk costume leads the French parade accompanied by bebes by Petit & Dumontier, Jumeau, Steiner, Delcroix and other French firms.
Jumeau is especially well represented throughout the catalog pages which include the rare size 1 bebe with cartouche mark, early portrait models, E.J. Bebe with earliest mark, lovely blue-eyed bebe with incised depose mark, and the delectable size 13 Bebe Triste, as well as other examples by Jumeau.
From Steiner is an impressive array of bebes beginning with the tiny size 1 “Series A” bebe as well as a grand 32-inch Figure A, and 28-inch Series C bebe, all with luxurious antique or couturier costuming.
French poupees are notable for quality and costuming, ranging from the petite 12-inch example by Bru to the superb 24-inch and 28-inch models attired in their most fashionable gowns. Rare models of note are the 14-inch poupee with blown leather body, 18-inch wood-bodied poupee by Barrious as well as 24-inch Barrois with Celment & Dehors neck articulation.
A fine group of 18th-century carved English wooden dolls include Queen Anne examples in sizes 13, 14 and 20 inches. From the 19th century are several Neapolitan figures with an especially fine 24-inch model in jeweled robe grabbing the spotlight.
German dolls are highlighted by an outstanding 38-inch Handwerck child coming from her original home, Kammer and Reinhardt character models #101 and #114, other cabinet-size dolly faces, plus French-type Belton and Sonneberg dolls, as well as character babies, and all-bisque dolls.
From the Reber estate is a collection of Schoenhut models, many from the earliest period, with the seldom-found model 106 carved-bonnet girl claiming the title of most rare. Other Schoenhuts include #100 girl with carved pageboy hairstyle, several examples of braided-hair girls #102, plus models, 101, 204, 308 and other desirable examples.
Collectors of cloth dolls will appreciate the circa 1930s Lenci dolls and the more than 30 models of the R. John Wright cloth characters beginning with his earliest works and continuing to the present era. There are dollhouses by Albin Schonherr and Gottschalck featuring colorful lithography, plus dollhouse miniatures, several items of French gilded bronze enamelware, Beidermeier furniture, assortment of French Brittany furnishings, Marklin doll carriage, three carved Swiss wooden dolls.
Collectors will marvel at the abundance of fine dresses, bonnets, parasols including Huret, purses, jewelry, vitrines, gloves, fans, muff, miniatures and other luxury items.
A color catalog for this auction is available with estimates and after-sale prices realized. The auction can also be viewed on liveauctioneers.com approximately three weeks prior to the auction. This will be a wonderful weekend for doll collectors plus an opportunity to view and acquire beautiful dolls and accessories.
A beautiful 80-page catalog is available for $43. For information or to order a catalog contact Frasher’s Doll Auctions, 2323 S. Mecklin School Road, Oak Grove, MO 64075; email Frasher@aol.co or phone 816-625-3786.
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This earliest surviving talking doll recording features a woman reciting a verse of the nursery rhyme "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." She was one of two women hired by Edison for what may have been the first professional recording artist gig. The solid metal record and its counterparts may represent the first phonograph recordings ever made for intended sale to the public — even if they were never actually sold.
The tin phonograph cylinder made in 1888 represents Edison's first attempt to make talking dolls, as described in laboratory notes and newspaper articles from late in the year.
But for unknown reasons, Edison had switched from tin to wax recordings by the time the first talking dolls first hit store shelves in April 1890. Doll sales flopped in part because the wax recordings proved too fragile. Fortunately for Edison, he saw other successes with the phonograph and similarly bright ideas such as the incandescent light bulb.
They then extracted a digital audio file by using modern image analysis, and captured all but the very first syllable of the very first word.
Historian Patrick Feaster of Indiana University and researcher Rene Rondeau of Corte Madera, Calif., helped identify the recording's significance.
National Park Service museum curators had first cataloged the object in 1967 from among items found in the desk of Edison's secretary, William H. Meadowcroft. A paper tag attached to the cylinder simply reads: "Tin Phonograph Cylinder […]l Record."
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The Dynamite Girls® In The City CollectionLimited Edition of 350 Dolls Worldwide
We're all talking about Cruz this evening. This very hot part-time taxi driver/model from the Bronx, is all the girls can talk about these days. From his dark good looks, faux-hawk, tight dark jeans, vintage graphic "New York" t-shirt and yellow leather jacket, Cruz is ready to take on the city and make it his own anyway he can.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I just finished speaking with Amy at R. John Wright's Headquarters in Bennington, Vermont.
Very happy to report that Hurricane Irene skipped their path but the roads are still closed throughout the town. I am hoping for a safe return to normal for everyone very soon.
In the meantime, I was phoning to order more of Wright's The Rose Fairy! I said to Amy, "It is the biggest seller we have ever had. One collector said it was the cutest doll ever!"
So if you desire to add "the cutest doll ever" to your collection, please phone Happily Ever After at 1-215-627-5790 or just shop on our web site at www.happily.com.
Based on The Flower Fairies Collection, only one hundred and fifty Rose Fairies will be produced.
To nominate your "cutest doll ever", please leave your declarations in the comments section.
Yes, your children are cute dolls too but that is not what I mean! Love, Ed
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The meeting was a "packing party" meeting since the club is preparing for their annual luncheon. The theme this year is Gothic Romance which benefits Autism Speaks.
Take a look at the Metro Doll Blog to see their previous luncheon events.
I am always amazed at the incredible items the club designs and assembles for these events. It would be a long and difficult search to find a more hard working and creative group of people.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Use your own words and phrases, or click “read more” to choose from a scrambled list of the words or phrases that were removed. Another option? Read, or listen to someone read, the original article first, then fill in the blanks from memory.
The toy maker Mattel is revamping its best-selling Barbie franchise by emphasizing her longtime beau, __________.
The company is bolstering awareness of Barbie’s companion — who celebrated his __________th birthday on March 11 — using social networks like Facebook and Twitter and a series of just-completed webisodes in which wholesome-looking young male contestants vied to be the new __________, literally, of the soon-to-be redesigned boyfriend.
The eight-part series, called “Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend,” was Mattel’s first _________ into digital reality events and an effort that “is on the beginning edge of a new marketing trend,” said Dean DeBiase, chairman of Reboot Partners, which advises companies on growth strategies.
Spotlighting Ken comes after the toy maker’s recent update of __________, who turns 52 this year, as a fashion plate with high-style _________. The eight contestants in the “Genuine Ken” series competed in an array of “Bachelorette”-style challenges to determine who had the ideal qualities to fill Ken’s customary role as the “ultimate __________ for every occasion.”
The redesigned Ken doll will resemble the contest winner, Kurtis Taylor, a 25-year-old former defensive lineman for Iowa State, who won over the __________ in the romantic gesture category.
…Ken, who had a breakup with Barbie in 2004 but won her back on __________ Day, began his comeback by appearing in Disney’s “Toy Story 3” last summer. The “Genuine Ken” series began appearing on Hulu in January, hosted by another fashionable __________, Whitney Port, who appeared in the popular MTV series “The Hills.”
Mattel’s Ken series featured eight boy-next-door contestants who competed in contests including cooking, decorating, entertaining and __________ to win over Barbie.
…In the episodes, the __________ and confident contestants, who also include a bartender and a singer-songwriter, make on-camera asides — both humorous and cutting — reacting to their __________. The show has an air of __________ house humor and is aimed at an over-18 audience.
“The series is aimed at grownups,” said Ms. Cota. “The Barbie brand resonates with three generations, from consumers who played with the dolls as children to those who love the brand today.”
Collectors of all things Barbie put millions of dollars into Mattel’s coffers each year. And they have an annual __________. This year it is in Fort Lauderdale in July, and it will focus on Ken.
…Meanwhile, Mattel is readying a modeling contract for Mr. Taylor. With $500 to buy gifts, he edged out his rivals when he won the romantic category by giving each judge a __________ and donating the remaining money to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Friday, March 11, 2011
The Kate Middleton Royal Engagement Vinyl Portrait Doll, which comes complete with the blue dress she wore to the public announcement of her engagement to Prince William, as well as a miniature replica of her necklace, earrings and engagement ring, is being sold for a whopping $195 (£120).
The Franklin Mint – the same US collectables company that won a multi-million pound lawsuit against the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, in 2004 – is only issuing 5,000 of the figurines worldwide, with a portion of the proceeds from sales going to charity.
Collectors can also pre-order a Portrait of a Princess Kate Middleton Bridal Doll, in full wedding attire, which will be released after the royal couple’s big day on 29 April.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love
This exhibition introduces Japan’s representative dolls, including Hina ningyo (Girls’ Festival dolls) and Gogatsu ningyo (Boys’ Day dolls), which have their origins in ancient customs; dolls connected to traditional performing arts like noh, bunraku and kabuki; regional dolls from throughout the country; and “creative dolls” produced by contemporary craftspeople.