MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – May 10, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host a two-day Discovery auction on May 22nd and 23rd in its Marlborough gallery. The first day of the sale will feature rare and antique dolls, vintage toys, collectibles and ephemera. Day two presents a fine selection of assorted early photography and scientific instruments, as well as furniture and decorative objects. The two-day auction offers more than 1,300 lots of one-of-a-kind objects that will enhance your collection or make your home and life a little more “you.”
The May auction features an excellent assortment of vintage and collectible dolls, including
French and German fashion dolls, as well as American cloth dolls. Examples of early dolls include a small figure bisque head Jules Steiner Bebe circa 1870 outfitted in a pink dress decorated with off-white lace (lot 152, estimated between $3,000 and $5,000); a bisque head lady doll by Bru, France, circa 1870 decked out in a regal pink-pleated gown ($2,000 to $2,500); and a small early bisque head French lady doll circa 1870 ( $1,000 to $1,500).
Notable cloth dolls include a Columbian painted cloth doll ($2,500 to $3,500), a pair of Georgene Raggedy Ann and Andy awake/asleep dolls ($600 to $800), an exposition Raggedy Ann cloth doll circa 1934-35 ($3,000 to $4,000), an Alabama molded and painted cloth doll ($2,000 to $2,400), and a large Martha Chase cloth sockinet doll ($700 to $900). A Door of Hope Mission bride doll from the early 20th century ($300 to $500) will also be auctioned.
Vintage Toys & Collectibles
An outstanding selection of vintage toys and collectibles will be offered at auction, led by a collection of over 60 lots of Dinky toys, including eight Meccano die-cast metal automobiles from England and France ($200 to $300), as well as toys by Corgi, Matchbox, Hubley, and others. Additional highlights from this collecting category include a Schuco bellhop monkey ($200 to $300), Lionel trains, collections of toy soldiers, and a group of Steiff bears.
For sports lovers and collectors, the May Discovery sale offers fourteen 1911 T201 Mecca cigarettes double folder baseball cards ($300 to $400). Additional collectibles offered in this sale include exciting pieces of militaria, James Bond movie posters, and several
examples of early film stills and head shots.
The May 2013 Discovery auction features early photography from the collection of Rod MacKenzie, including a quarter-plate ambrotype portrait of a bearded gentleman ($150 to $200).
MacKenzie had a sophisticated taste for images that speak to the viewer emotionally, historically, and artistically. This collection is an extraordinary visual archive of American life at the advent of the photographic era. The group includes formal family portraits, wedding snapshots, and stirring singular images of young men and women at the dawn of the modern American age. These rare artifacts survive in remarkable condition in this selection of expertly collected daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes. Skinner saw excellent results in October of 2011 when part of MacKenzie’s collection brought $220,000 in the American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.
Furniture & Decorative Objects
The auction includes a nice assortment of antique and contemporary furnishings and decorative objects. A pair of Victorian black-painted, gilt-decorated, and mother of pearl-inlaid chairs ($150 to $250) and an oak and leaded glass bookcase from the early 20th century ($250 to $350) are just two examples of furniture presented at the sale.
A variety of scientific instruments, three Van Briggle Art pottery vases and an unmarked pottery vase ($100 to $150), and a Kazak rug from Southwest Caucasus ( $400 to $600) round out an eclectic selection of décor.
Previews for the auction will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursday, May 23, 2013, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
A text catalog for sale #2654M is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery.