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Madame Alexander, Theriault's host reception for doll enthusiasts
Monday, 07 November 2011 19:55

 

SpellingAlexanderAuctionThe Alexander Doll Company and Theriault’s auction house will host a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Alexander Doll Company Heritage Museum in New York in advance of the highly anticipated auction of author and socialite Candy Spelling’s rare, vintage Madame Alexander doll collection that will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York.

Refreshments will be served at the reception, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet Spelling, Theriault's President Stuart Holbrook, and Alexander Doll Company President Gale Jarvis. In addition, Madame Alexander's Company Store will be open, allowing attendees to shop for discounted retired, slightly imperfect, and sample dolls.

The auction of Spelling's Madame Alexander doll collection will feature 350 outstanding examples, including the rarest early portrait models such as "Victorian Bride," red-haired "Pink Champagne" lady, Judy portrait, and "Deborah Ballerina." There are Godey ladies and gentlemen, rare models from the Coronation series including "Estrella," and dolls from the Me and My Shadow series including "Mary Louise," "Victoria" and "Agatha." "Most of these dolls are so rare that they only appear on the market every ten years or so," said cataloguer Florence Theriault, adding, "to find them in such impeccable condition is just pure pleasure."

The collection also includes four examples: "Rachel," "Joseph," "Ruth," and "David," from the rare biblical series, a number of Wendy models inspired by "Gone With the Wind," including "Aunt Pitty-­Pat," "Cousin Grace¸" "Nana," "Cousin Karen," and "Aunt Agatha," and a baker’s dozen of rare dolls created exclusively for FAO Schwarz during the 1950s. There are plentiful and exquisite examples of the Alexander fashion icons, Cissy, Elise, and Cissette, and legendary Alexander models costumed by the couturiers of the Ice Capades, as well as the 8-inch Alexander child charmer, Wendy-kins.

The complete collection will be on display at the Waldorf-Astoria on Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the auction beginning at 11 a.m.; both are open to the public. A 140-page full color catalog commemorating the collection features gorgeous color photographs and historical information and description of each of the dolls is available from Theriault's. For more information about the preview or auction visit www.theriaults.com.

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is the Alexander auction open to the general public or is registration required?
Robert Craft , November 10, 2011

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