Saturday, 13 April 2013

Miss Sofie & Other Dolls @ Brightwells * 17 April 2013

Lot 221 is Miss Sofie - a fine English carved wooden 18th Century lady doll with black iris-less glass eyes, stitched eyebrows and lashes and original paint. The turned wooden body has fabric arms and original fork hands.

She is wearing a turquoise quilted dress, a flowered brocade open robe and a silk quilted bonnet. She has a tow wig and 18th century shoes. Her drawers are 19th century. She is 25in tall and is seated on an antique wooden chair.

Miss Sofie was last owned by Gudrun Svensson (b1920). The doll had been passed down in her family. Her great, great, great grandfather was Eigild Larsson, a sea captain who had purchased the doll as a gift for his daughter Solvejg born circa 1780. The doll was passed through the generations. The last owner, who lived in a home for the widows of former seamen in Gotheborg, had no children. The estimate for Miss Sofie is £8,000 - £10,000.

Rather more moderately estimated is Lot 234 - a black pedlar lady with a wooden fabric-wrapped body in original costume including stockings, boots, brocaded dress and red cape. The bonnet with a lace coif.

The round wicker basket containing two small Grodnertal dolls, bone te-to-tum, penknife, tooth comb, gilt mirrors, shuttlecock bat, group of meat skewers, silk garters, beads, slippers, tiny hand bags, brush, saw etc. circa 1840. The pedlar is just under a foot tall and has a 16 inch dome. Estimate £700 - £800.

Lot 246 is a pair of early 20th century boudoir-type dolls. They measure around 22 inches and have an estimate together of £70 - £90.

Lot 258 is a Deans Rag Book Company First World War wounded soldier especially made for Boots The Chemist. Was he designed to accustom and normalize the sad spectacle of returning injured and amputated men? He wears an integral blue printed uniform and is reportedly in unusually good condition. He is just over 10 inches tall and his estimate is £80 - £120. For more details of Brightwells Auction click here.

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