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Catalog for an auction held in September 2005. Prices realized are included.
A treasury of 250 European and American artist dolls, 1970-2000, are featured with well-detailed descriptions and beautiful color photographs of every doll.
To be inspired by the past, yet to see and create with one's own eye, is how one might describe the goal of late 20th century doll artists. Keen collectors recognize this and include a selection of fine contemporary artist dolls with their artful collection of antique dolls. This blend of new and old can be a delightful and harmonious juxtaposition.
One collector who has understood for many years this connection between the new and the old, the artist. doll and the antique doll, is Shirley Bertrand of Illinois. Early on, she began to gather fine antique dolls, study them, and learn to distinguish quality from the mundane, real art from mere sentimentality. Then, during her annual trips to the International Toy Fair in New York where today's artists presented their dolls, she began to see that the same principles of choice used in selecting antique dolls could be applied to artist dolls. Like all great collectors who bravely move ahead of the pack, Shirley Bertrand began to gather what she considered the finest models of the new doll artists. She chose the dolls of New York state artist, R. John Wright, as her focal collection, and over the years assembled a remarkable group of dolls that she documented in her book, Characters of R. John Wright, published in 2000. The collection numbers more than 100 different examples including early Vermont models with wonderful highly characterized features, little Children Series, Childhood Classics Series, Bears, One-of-a-Kinds, and Exclusive editions for specialty doll shops or conventions.
Other artists who are represented in the catalog include Regina Sandreuter, Maggie Iacono, Sylvia Natterer, Helen Kish, Edna Daly, Paul Crees, Lynne 8 Michael Roche, Avigail Brahms, Brigitte Deval, Hildegard Gunzel, Kathy Redmond, Jane Davies, Wendy Lawton and others. In many cases, a retrospective of the artist's work over a period of time provides a fascinating look at evolution of style and technique. Which period of the artist's work is the most sought may change with the decades, just as collectors of Picasso waver from time to time in their preference for Blue Period or Cubism. Indeed, which of today's artist will prove to be tomorrow's star remains a delightful mystery for all lovers of that animated sculpture known as a doll.
This 120 page full color catalog contains gorgeous photographs and detailed descriptions and history of each doll, along with a list of prices realized.