Make mine cuddly!
January 29 was a date for doll and bear lovers, and Vectis served up a tantalising assortment.
A Charlie Bears Isabelle Collection Pierre panda bear, designed by Isabelle Lee, was finished in cinnamon and cream mohair. This one sported a clown's ruff and a conical hat and was mint condition. Some 13" tall, it was slated to make £90 but finished up on £624.
Sylvia Weser’s Coquette original porcelain artist ballerina doll dated from 2004, and was fitted with grey/green inset eyes, blonde hair, a porcelain torso and lower limbs and leather upper arms with a wire armature. She had a leather lower body, and was wearing elaborate tulle, lace, shirred silk and a beaded costume, hand made by the artist. With feet encased in sandals and with tulle fairy wings, a pill box hat and a wicker basket containing a bird, she stood on a custom stand. A lovely item, this dancer realised £900.
Another, an Anabelle original porcelain artist doll by Francirek & Oliveira, had brown glass eyes, blonde hair, a cloth body with bisque lower limbs, and was wearing white antique lace and cotton clothing, the ensemble set off by a seed pearl necklace and ear-rings. Near mint, and standing 28.5" high, she was bid to £1,080.
Just under half that secured a Lilou original porcelain artist doll, by Ruth Treffeisen. With blue/grey glass eyes, blonde hair, a cloth body with bisque limbs, she was wearing an ecru lace dress and matching bonnet, with a pearl necklace, cotton knitted socks and leather shoes.
And so to the teddies: you can’t beat Steiff, and the vintage cinnamon mohair centre seam large teddy bear, circa 1909, came with an underscored "f" button, black boot button eyes, a vertically stitched black nose and mouth and was fully jointed. Some repairs were noted, but he was in good overall condition. Sporting a dapper velvet jacket with lace collar and cuffs, this 24" example realised £1,920.
In contrast was the "Binker" Chiltern vintage Hugmee teddy bear (named after the poem from A A Milne's book, "Now We Are Six"). Of British manufacture and dating from the 1930s, this fellow had blonde, long pile curly mohair, clear glass eyes with black pupils and brown painted backs. His black hook nose was complemented by a shaven muzzle, and he was fully jointed. Exhibiting some minor wear, his upper estimate of £160 was soon eclipsed, someone paying £624 for his company.
Other interesting lots included "Lily", an early American vintage teddy bear from 1908-1912, which fetched £720; a rare Steiff Purzel somersaulting elephant from the same era (£2,040); and a Steiff Jocko monkey from the 1930s in ginger. This is a rare colour, which had bidders on the edge of their seats: the soft-touch simian was finally knocked down for an impressive £3,480.