Tuesday, October 29, 2013

James Julia to Auction 27" Izannah Walker Doll

image courtesy James D. Julia, Inc.

James Julia will be offering a
large 27" Izannah Walker doll 
at their November 22, 2013 auction.

On Monday I will be going to visit this doll in person.


An interesting story accompanies this doll. A gentleman from Rhode Island brought this doll to the Julia offices. He told us that his late wife rescued this doll from a trash heap in their neighborhood some 20 years ago. Extremely attractive hand painted cloth doll made in Central Falls, RI circa 1860 with one piece head and upper torso with all molded and painted features having wonderful detail to the ears and three dimensional molding to the eyes. She has short brown painted hair with four ringlet curls draping in front of the exposed ears, well molded eyelids and dark blue eyes with highlighted irises. The entire body is covered with stockinet and the hands and lower legs are also molded and painted cloth in a manner similar to the painting of the head. As is typical with these larger models she has the rarer bare feet with separately stitched toes. SIZE: 29" (73 cm). CONDITION: Some possible, very aged enhancement to lip coloring. Shoulder plate shows aged paint touch up to shoulder plate although black light inspection does not show these discrepancies. Further black light inspection reveals no touch up to facial features, head, or other body parts. Both ankles have been damaged at some point in the past and have been reinforced with old cloth.

image courtesy James D. Julia, Inc.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Possibly Made By Izannah Walker" To Be Sold
And a Definite Izannah Walker Doll Sold Yesterday

Yesterday I recived an auction alert from Skinner's for a doll which was listed as "possibly Izannah Walker".   The doll is pictured above.  Whether she is an Izannah Walker doll remains to be seen, but she is a very interesting folk art doll! 

UPDATE:   Here is the hammer price of the doll shown above at $4,800. 

My auction alert for this Izannah Walker doll which sold yesterday for the hammer price of $2,600 must have gone astray.  I love seeing Izannah dolls in this worn condition, as there are many clues about construction.  

While reading about a folk art cloth doll possibly made by Izannah Walker I happened upon this auction which happened yesterday.   The auction alert for this doll went astray in my inbox.  I love seeing dolls that have wear!   What clues they can give us about construction!  How loved they are!

Ida Mae: An Izannah Walker Doll

Back in the fall I visited with a wonderful lady, who shared her antique Izannah Walker doll with me, and allowed me to document her doll.  ...