‘Private Collections’ at Theriault’s, March 29-30

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Theriault’s returns to Scottsdale, Ariz., 28 years after it first debuted there, this March 29-30 with “Private Collections,” the best of the best dolls from discriminating private owners and estates.

During the past three years, Theriault’s has cataloged the extensive collections of Lucy Morgan, Geri Baker, Carole Jean Zvonar, Legoland Museum, Puppen and Spielzeug Museum and Madame Petyt.

In so-doing it has realized the singular vision that frames each collection, whether achieved knowingly or unknowingly. The house also has realized that vision characterizes the small collection as well as the large, that grand means more than volume, that the tiniest of collections – chosen with precision and clarity – is worthy of the designation “world class.’’

The March 29-30 sale will feature the fine dolls of the late Joan Hegg of Kankakee, Ill.; the collection of Sandra Hulbert of San Jacinto, Calif.; an early collection from the Albright family estate of upstate New York, and several others dolls, many bearing their award winning blue ribbons, ranging from French and German bisque rarities – including 10 examples of Bru bébés, to early papier mache, wax and porcelain including a signed KPM early bonnet lady.

There are more than 20 rare model Door of Hope dolls, a collection of rare Kewpies and all-bisque characters, rare cloth dolls ranging from early American to Raggedy Ann, including several Vollands, to 1930s studio, fine French poupés including wooden bodied and several smiling Bru ladies, French automata including a superb portrait Jumeau as drummer, miniature dolls, including several fine original presentation boxes with dolls, a collection of maitresse quality doll furniture, four extensive Schoenhut circuses and a collection of rare Schoenhut model dolls, other early wooden dolls – including five 19th century wooden mannequins – and a carved Continental doll of the 18th century. More than 350 dolls will grace the runway of the March 29 auction.

For more information, call 410-224-3655, or go online www.theriaults.com.