Withington's will offer Izannah Walker dolls clothing at their October auction. All the images in this post are courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc. There are some lovely dresses! Be sure to look at Withington's catalog to confirm which items go with which lots.
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Friday, September 9, 2022
This barefooted almost 20" doll from Carol Corson's collection will be offered at auction by Withington's on October 20th. Withington's offers this description of the doll:
19 ½” Izannah Walker girl “Caroline” cloth doll, Central Falls, RI, 19th century, pressed mold stockinet head, painted features, center parted brown hair with 2 cheek curls each side of face & 6 back of neck curls, red leather shoes (as is), period red & blue print dress (age tears), & green dress, along with 12” doll’s yellow painted barrel- back chair (Ellis?), (facial touchups, wear, cracking)
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
This doll sold for a hammer price of $23,000 to Bidder 508.
There was a 15-18% buyers premium, depending on method of payment.
Of the dolls to be auctioned in October by Withington's, this was a favorite Izannah doll. Her wistful expression and the hairstyle with wispy curls were lovely features. The eyes are painted beautifully as so many Izannah Walker dolls have - that far-off thinking expression. I wonder if Izannah had this look in her eyes often?
Carol Corson's describes this doll in Antique Doll Collector's August 2011 issue:
"This 17-1/2” girl with short brushed forward hair and in her original wool challis dress holds her miniature cloth “Izannah” made by Meriel Marlar."
There are also wonderful tiny dolls made by Meriel Marlar included in this auction.
All images posted here were taken by me, Dixie Redmond, courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc. Withington's has posted some images on Facebook for this auction which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=155636264493245&set=a.5430867080303444
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. ...