Long-held private collections of two sisters star in Morphy’s Oct. 10-11 sale

Circa-1880 Thullier (France) A.T. bébé with pale pressed-bisque socket head incised A.7T., light blue paperweight eyes, finely painted brows and lashes with mauve eye shadow, closed mouth, pierced ears and long-tailed blonde mohair wig with cork pate. Straight-wrist French composition and wood body, antique pink wool dress, ivory satin and lace blouse, antique velvet hat and matching shoes. 18 inches tall. Estimate: $45,000-$55,000.

Circa-1880 Thullier (France) A.T. bébé with pale pressed-bisque socket head incised A.7T., light blue paperweight eyes, finely painted brows and lashes with mauve eye shadow, closed mouth, pierced ears and long-tailed blonde mohair wig with cork pate. Straight-wrist French composition and wood body, antique pink wool dress, ivory satin and lace blouse, antique velvet hat and matching shoes. 18 inches tall. Estimate: $45,000-$55,000.

DENVER, Pa. – As the follow-up to a heavily attended May 17-18 debut that grossed $1.5 million, Morphy Doll Auctions has prepared an equally diverse selection of dolls, dollhouses, miniatures and teddy bears as the foundation of its Fall Fine Doll event. The 950-lot auction will take place on Oct. 10 and 11, and features dolls of excellent pedigree from select private collections, including those of noted sister collectors Eleanor Lakin and Patricia Lemkuhl.

Friday’s session includes a treasure trove of 18th, 19th and 20th-century dolls of all types, including German and French bisque dolls; exceptional Lenci dolls, German character dolls including a Kammer & Reinhardt model 112X, more than 50 coveted porcelain half dolls, mignonettes, French fashion dolls, and an impressive grouping of antique French automata.

Doll department co-director Andy Ourant remarked on the variety available in the opening session: “It’s the kind of sale we like to have. There are many highlights, but also many other interesting and desirable items that might not necessarily finish in the top ten. We have very early dolls all the way through to nice Shirley Temples and Dewees Cochran dolls. The collection of half dolls – or pincushion dolls – is exceptional. It includes a 7-inch glazed-porcelain half doll of ‘La Belle Chocolatiere,’ the lady in the Baker’s Chocolate ads. It was made in Germany around 1900, and will be accompanied by an assortment of early Baker’s ephemera. It’s expected to bring $2,000 to $3,000.”

Within the automata section, a circa-1875 Vichy (French) Waltzing Couple in stylish attire moved forward and spins to a musical accompaniment when activated. The 13-inch-tall duo is estimated at $8,000-$10,000.

Leading the French bébés is an eagerly sought-after circa-1880 Thullier A.T. doll. Standing 18 inches tall and dressed in an antique pink wood dress with velvet hat and pink shoes, the rare doll is estimated at $45,000-$55,000. Rounding out the session are folk art cloth dolls, doll accessories and Steiff teddy bears. “It’s a full, all-encompassing lineup that collectors are going to love,” Ourant said.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, Morphy’s will present a full day of doll-buying opportunities, with the star attraction being the incredible collections of sisters Eleanor Lakin and Patricia Lemkuhl, of Boonsboro, Md. “The sisters’ collections are grounded in fine, early dolls and lots of original clothing,” said Ourant. “Both ladies have a very finely developed eye for aesthetics – Eleanor Lakin is an architect, and Patricia Lemkuhl is an art teacher. They learned a great deal about dolls from their late mother, and back in the 1960s and ’70s, the sisters attended auctions and bought from some of the really early collections, like those of Margaret Woodbury Strong, Gladys Hilsdorf and Estelle Winthrop. In this auction, you’ll see the treasures that have been in the sisters’ collections for many decades – two Queen Anne dolls, papier-mâchés, china dolls, bisque and bisque fashion dolls, American dolls and so much more.”

Also included in the Lakin and Lemkuhl collections are dollhouses and miniatures. A key lot is the mid-19th-century Wharton Mansion dollhouse, so named because it descended through the distinguished Wharton family of Philadelphia, for whom the University of Pennsylvania’s business school was named. It carries a $25,000-$30,000 estimate. Another noteworthy entry is the furnished dollhouse replica of the Stauffer Mansion on Lititz Pike in Lancaster, Pa. “The dollhouse was purchased at the famous Stauffer estate sale of the 1970s,” said Ourant.

The session also includes a TynieToy dollhouse, “mystery” house, and many European room boxes. Immediately following the dollhouses, Morphy’s will auction approximately 150 lots of antique, vintage and contemporary artisan miniatures. “There are some Waltershausen and ormolu miniatures, as well as examples by famous artists including Nora Olson and Eric Pierson,” said Ourant.

Morphy’s Fall Fine Doll auction begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Friday preview is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Saturday preview is from 8-10 a.m., however all items are presently on display and able to be previewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. any day of the week except Wednesday at Morphy Auctions/Adamstown Antique Gallery. Note: during the week of the sale, the gallery will  be open on Wednesday (Oct. 8) during regular business hours. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through eBay Live Auctions. The entire electronic catalog may be viewed online at www.liveauctioneers.com.

For additional information, call Morphy Auctions at 717-335-3435 or e-mail dolls@morphyauctions.com. Morphy Auctions is a subsidiary of Geppi’s Entertainment Auctions & Publications.

Click here to view Morphy Auctions’ complete catalog.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Circa-1900 German glazed porcelain half doll (or pincushion doll) of the famous La Belle Chocolatiere, symbol for Baker’s Chocolate. Stands 7 inches tall. Lot includes Baker’s Chocolate ephemera lot comprised, in part, of postcard, three recipe books, trade card, souvenir spoon and die-cast pencil sharpener. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.

Circa-1900 German glazed porcelain half doll (or pincushion doll) of the famous La Belle Chocolatiere, symbol for Baker’s Chocolate. Stands 7 inches tall. Lot includes Baker’s Chocolate ephemera lot comprised, in part, of postcard, three recipe books, trade card, souvenir spoon and die-cast pencil sharpener. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.

Circa-1875 Vichy (France) Waltzing Couple musical automaton, 13 inches tall. When activated, figures move forward and spin in both directions. Includes original wood factory crate with brass bale. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.

Circa-1875 Vichy (France) Waltzing Couple musical automaton, 13 inches tall. When activated, figures move forward and spin in both directions. Includes original wood factory crate with brass bale. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.

All-original circa-1850 papier-mâché man, finely molded with brush-painted wispy hair, molded and painted features, cloth body and wood arms. Stands 23 inches tall, wears original wool three-piece suit with silk brocade vest and white muslin blouse, accessorized with pocket watch and beaverskin top hat. Provenance states the doll belonged to the family of Israel Matson, a Revolutionary War soldier. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.

All-original circa-1850 papier-mâché man, finely molded with brush-painted wispy hair, molded and painted features, cloth body and wood arms. Stands 23 inches tall, wears original wool three-piece suit with silk brocade vest and white muslin blouse, accessorized with pocket watch and beaverskin top hat. Provenance states the doll belonged to the family of Israel Matson, a Revolutionary War soldier. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.

Known as the Wharton Mansion, this massive mid-19th-century dollhouse descended through the Wharton family for whom the University of Pennsylvania business school was named. Features a handsome facade designed in American Federal style with a prominent portico supported by slender Regency-style columns, nicely articulated eyebrow windows in the attic story. Generously proportioned rooms, furnished with fine antique and some vintage dollhouse furnishings, many by Waltershausen. Measures 45 inches wide by 52 inches high (including base) by 44 inches deep. Estimate: $25,000-$30,000.

Known as the Wharton Mansion, this massive mid-19th-century dollhouse descended through the Wharton family for whom the University of Pennsylvania business school was named. Features a handsome facade designed in American Federal style with a prominent portico supported by slender Regency-style columns, nicely articulated eyebrow windows in the attic story. Generously proportioned rooms, furnished with fine antique and some vintage dollhouse furnishings, many by Waltershausen. Measures 45 inches wide by 52 inches high (including base) by 44 inches deep. Estimate: $25,000-$30,000.

Circa-1875 all-original French portrait-face fashion lady with pressed-pale bisque flange head on bisque shoulder plate. Unusual portrait face modeling on a fine-quality fashion body, kid-over-wood jointed legs and finely modeled bisque lower arms. Stands 17 inches tall, wears original ivory embossed-silk walking dress with matching parasol. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000.

Circa-1875 all-original French portrait-face fashion lady with pressed-pale bisque flange head on bisque shoulder plate. Unusual portrait face modeling on a fine-quality fashion body, kid-over-wood jointed legs and finely modeled bisque lower arms. Stands 17 inches tall, wears original ivory embossed-silk walking dress with matching parasol. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000.

Circa-1750 English Queen Anne doll, 16 inches tall, all original, with carved wood head and torso, jointed legs and painted gesso head, shoulders and hands. Provenance: Estelle Winthrop Collection. Estimate: $10,000-$12,000.

Circa-1750 English Queen Anne doll, 16 inches tall, all original, with carved wood head and torso, jointed legs and painted gesso head, shoulders and hands. Provenance: Estelle Winthrop Collection. Estimate: $10,000-$12,000.

Circa-1840 Rorstrand-style German china doll, 17 inches with very unusual flesh-tone glazed porcelain, possibly KPM, incised 6 on back shoulder, cloth body with kid arms. Wears original floral-printed wool dress with fringe trim. Provenance: Gladys Hilsdorf Collection. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000.

Circa-1840 Rorstrand-style German china doll, 17 inches with very unusual flesh-tone glazed porcelain, possibly KPM, incised 6 on back shoulder, cloth body with kid arms. Wears original floral-printed wool dress with fringe trim. Provenance: Gladys Hilsdorf Collection. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000.