Theriault's Sells Two Izannah Walker Dolls at Auction


Theriault's auctioned two Izannah Walker Dolls on April 14th 

UPDATE - Hammer price for the two dolls was $10,000
To this, a bidder's premium and possibly state taxes would be applied. 

Internet bidders pay a bidders premium of 14%,
 with 2% cash discount payment. 




Here is their auction description:

Lot: 148. Two Rare Early American Cloth Dolls by Izannah Walker

21" (53 cm.) Each is all-cloth with stiffened,pressed and oil-painted facial features and hair,depicting a young girl,having cotton sateen stitch-jointed body,oil-painted hands with stitched fingers,wearing early cotton dresses. Condition: good,finish is well worn. Comments: Izannah Walker of Rhode Island,mid-19th century,although the dolls were patented by the artist in 1873,it is likely that they were made for some years prior to that. Included is a model with ringlet curls,especially detailed stitch-sculpting of ears,brown downcast eyes,and a model with short brown feathered curls and large brown eyes. Value Points: the rare and sought-after American doll is particularly charming as this pair with variant hair styles,posed on wooden bench with antique quilt.
Presale Estimate: 9000/13,000


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