Wooden doll c.1690 sold by Sotheby's in May 1984 for £17,600

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Wooden doll c.1690 sold by Sotheby's in May 1984 for £17,600

A regular feature of Kinloch and Sellers Catalogue was the auction comment. It was written by "Questor". People were very curious to know who this was, but it remained a closely guarded secret. I have had permission to reprint some of these articles, and am starting with this one from 1984. If anyone knows where the dolls ended up subsequently, it would be interesting to find out!

Wooden doll c.1690 sold by Sotheby's in May 1984 for £17,600

wooden doll c.1690

CHOICE ITEMS FROM SOTHEBYS

Some choice items have appeared recently in Sotheby's sales ‑ the most important perhaps being an English wooden doll, circa 1690, which made a record price for a wooden doll in May 1984 ‑ £17,600. She is 42.5 cm high, and is in very good original condition, including original clothes.

There is another interesting wooden coming up on October 3rd ‑ a smaller doll of the same period, but in a box with the original wallpaper of circa 1680. She is in mint condition as she has never emerged from her home ‑ her estimate is £5000-£8000.

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 Moving up two centuries to 1870, there will be a musical automaton in good working order - a Pierrot serenading the Moon. He plays his mandolin while the Moon rolls her eye and drops her jaw, presumably in a coquettish manner! Although needing some attention, this is estimated at £3500-£5000.

In complete contrast, there is a 1930s Princess Elizabeth by Schoenau & Hoffmeister. This is also in the 3rd October sale, and should make between £800-£1500. Perhaps with the birth of the new Royal baby, there will be a record price for this very appealing doll?Princess Elizabeth

Photos courtesy of Sotheby's

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