Book: M'lady, The Margaret Hartshorn Collection of Early Dolls
Auction House: Theriaults
Publisher: Gold Horse Publishing
Shop copy with no damage. Like new condition.
Beautifully photographed edition measures 8 x 11 with undamaged just jacket. Hard cover volume with colored photography boards, identical to dust jacket. Includes prices realized.
From the dust jacket end flap: The landmark collection of the late Margaret Hartshorn of Asheville, North Carolina features fine rare wooden, paper-mache, parian and porcelain dolls of the early 19th century. Growing up in a cottage nearby the extravagant Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, Mrs. Hartshorn was early-on influenced by a love of old things. The rare, early and unexpected , a phrase she coined in her quest for dolls, was an apt definition of the dolls in her private collection. Early lady dolls by KPM Meissen, KPM Berlin, Royal Copenhagen, Dressel & Kister, Schlaggenwald, Kling, Simon and Halbig and other early makers earned a place of honor on her shelves, as well as paper mache ladies with coiffures too extravagant to imagine. Her tastes ranged from the superbly refined KPM gentleman acquired at the 1851 International Exhibition in London, to the flamboyant glass-eyed lady with sculpted vibrant Scottish tam, to the plain and simple carved wooden doll heads by a Maine fisherman. An enthusiastic member of UFDC, Mrs. Hartshorn entered her dolls in competition, and collectors will be astounded at the blue ribbons that so many of her dolls were awarded, some multiple times. So famous, in fact, did many of the dolls become that her pet names for them were legendary/ there was The Bead Lady, and there was Poor Adelaide.
I consider myself fortunate indeed to have known Mrs. Hartshorn as a customer for many years. Several of the dolls in this volume were purchased by her from Joy's Antique Dolls.
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