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249: French Bru Lady Fashion Doll.
176: Early Mattel Barbie Doll.352: R. John Wright "Pinocchio".
Denver, PA, United States
DoneSat, Jun 11, 2011 2:00 PM UTC

JUNE 11 2011 MORPHY AUCTIONS DOLL SALE

Dolls - 10AM, June 11

Helen Burton collection featuring rare all-bisque dolls leads June 11 - Fine Doll auction at Morphys

A long-held Washington, D.C.-area collection that includes superb all-bisque, French fashion and character dolls serves as the centerpiece for Morphy Auctions June 11 Fine Doll sale. The 300-lot collection belonging to Helen Burton of Arlington, Va., comprises approximately 75% of the auction inventory, and according to Morphys doll specialist and cataloger Jan Foulke, the contents are highly select. ''Helen has always been very discriminating in her buying, and it is a very clean, well-cared-for collection,'' said Foulke. ''She looked for dolls that were a little bit different that had an unusual mold number or something else to distinguish it.'' Foulke noted that the collector also favored Gebruder Heubach dolls.

The all-bisques in the collection include both French and German examples, some with jointed elbows and knees. Additionally, the collector acquired French fashion dolls. One of the treasures in this category is a Bru fashion doll with a jointed wood arms, which comes complete with its original box.

While collecting French fashion dolls, Helen Burton also acquired many exquisite accessories to accompany them. These accessories include: gloves, valises, fans, stationery, lorgnettes, books with ivory covers, photo albums, perfume bottles and even miniature boxed games made of ivory. ''Its a beautiful selection that contains some very hard-to-find items,'' said Foulke.

''Helen has always liked for her dolls to be fully, correctly dressed,'' Foulke continued. ''If they were not fully dressed, she would make the clothes herself.''

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