Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Izannah Walker Doll to be Sold at Theriault's May 15th

On Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM  Eastern Time, this wonderful Izannah Walker doll will be auctioned as lot #64 in the "And The the Page Turns" Marquis auction with an opening bid of $11,000. 

The description of the doll is as follows: 

20" (51 cm.) Cloth doll with pressed and oil-painted complexion and facial features, center-parted hair with two shaded ringlet curls in front of each stitch-shaped ear, and then forming into ringlet curls that tumble onto her nape, outlined brown eyes, lightly stroked brows, rounded nose, closed mouth, firmly stuffed body with stitch jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, defined applied thumbs, oil-painted hands and lower legs, antique costume and undergarments. Condition: original painted finish is well-preserved with slight typical craquelure, nose rub, finish on hands worn. Comments: circa 1865, Izannah Walker, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island, doll creator who obtained a patent for her dolls in 1873, but likely had been making them previously for some time. Her patent described her purpose was to create a doll that is "easily kept clean and not apt to injure a young child which may fall upon it. It will preserve its appearance for a long time." Value Points: the rarest style of coiffure for this model with artistically-painted shaded ringlet curls, seldom found larger size.

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