Spectacular Spring Two Day Dollhouse & Miniatures Auction
Friday, May 20th & Saturday, May 21st
Both days beginning at 10:00 A.M.
20 Bonnie Brae Road
Spring City, PA. 19475
Directions: Route 724 to Bonnie Brae Road, follow signs
Preview on Thursday May 19th, 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
Featuring the collections of Elizabeth Hamilton, Mary March, Gloria Hinkel, Joseph Gray and other notable collectors!
This exciting two-day auction will offer some of the most rare and desirable antique dollhouses, dolls and miniatures since the Washington Toy and Miniatures Museum was sold over ten years ago. An outstanding number of antique British dollhouses and rare American dollhouses that seldom come to market include spacious early Victorian villas and townhouses featured in memorable magazine articles, in addition to a large Silber & Fleming type townhouse, Bliss house, German roombox, large Mystery House, a very rare TynieToy Colonial Mansion and unique carpenter-built antique houses from both sides of the Atlantic. A remarkable Spanish townhouse with a fascinating and creative double-layered façade will be sold fully furnished with rare 18th century dolls and furnishings.
We are excited to present rare and desirable dolls include a generous assortment of early Grodnertals, tuck-combs and other jointed wooden dolls, plus beautifully dressed china heads in all sizes, Simon & Halbig Little Women and other dollhouse dolls, French mignonette and small jointed bisque children.
An outstanding assortment of elegant Rock & Graner beds, cabinets, chairs, settees and very rare Evans & Cartwright metal furniture comprise only a portion of the fine antique furniture and accessories that include Ellis, Britton & Eaton, Schneegass, Biedermeier, colorful lithographed furniture, and a truly massive number of Erhard & Sohne ormolu framed pictures and accessories. Very rare antique German Boulle canopy beds, English half-testers, Limoges porcelain, lithophanes, Schweizer Christmas tree, Bristol glassware, petitpoint carpets, Meyers sterling, antique leather-bound books, treenware, Austrian bronzes, Bing and Maerklin kitchen furniture, numerous ormolu chandeliers, gilt soft metal lighting and accessories and many items from memorable museums that have closed in recent years. Plus the largest collection of TynieToy furniture and accessories we have ever offered including Windsor chairs, garden furnishings, fire screens and other rarities.
The Mary March Charleston House by artist James Polzois will showcase art and architecture and will be sold with letter of provenance from the artist. Mary decorated her house with extraordinary pieces by John Hodgson, John Davenport, Patrick Puttock and more that will be sold separately. There will be a large collection of rare Vienna bronzes from the Joseph Gray personal collection, many of his one of a kind beautifully handcrafted tools, a full wooden tool box fitted with woodworking tools, guns, everything he was known to create! Other artisans represented in the catalogue include Natasha Beshenkovsky, David Booth, Chestnut Hill, Orvin Fjare, Robert Gray, Roger Gutheil, John Hodgson, Renee Isabelle, Dennis Jenvey, Cindy Malon, Ralph Partelow, Gail Steffey, Tarbena, Brooke Tucker, Betty Valentine, Michael Walton, Judee Williamson, Jim Watts, and others. Fine accessories will abound with beautifully crafted silverware by Obadiah Fisher, Enrique Quintanar, and Peter Acquisto, lovely porcelains from Tricia Street and Jean Welch, glassware by Ferenc Albert, pottery by Jane Graber, lighting by Ni-Glo, petitpoint carpets, and many other fine accessories crafted by renowned artisans of yesterday and today.
Add to this the incredible miniatures of Gloria Hinkel showcasing a lifetime of astute collecting and buying with Acquisto sterling, beautifully dressed antique, vintage and artisan dollhouse dolls, hundreds of pieces of charming decorated furniture, porcelains, accessories, floral arrangements, ormolu – this is just a small preview of the items. There will be additional incredible dollhouses and roomboxes!
We will present an uncatalogued pre-sale on Friday morning at 8 AM offering a wide variety of dollhouses, furniture, dolls, rugs, accessories, books and so much more! One of the Best Sales of the Season!!!
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A NOTE ABOUT JOSEPH GRAY
Rhoads and Rhoads Auctioneers have been proud to bring before the public outstanding collections of vintage artisan miniatures dating to the beginning of the “Golden Age” of miniatures in the early and mid-20th century. In the past, we have been proud to present the collections of notable private collectors such as Claudia Estes, Rose Barrell, and Charlotte Stott, as well as wonderful consignments from well-known collectors, authors and dealers such as John and Ellen (Krucker) Blauer (Maynard Manor), Carolyn Sunstein, Flora Gill Jacobs, the Delaware Toy and Miniatures Museum, the Cape May (NJ) Dollhouse Museum, Emily Good, Mary Kaliski, Rosemarie Torre, Jane Ober and many others who chose to keep a lower profile. We were especially proud to be selected to present the most rare and unique personal collection of the legendary William B. Meyers, that included not only jaw-dropping examples of his work as the 20th century’s premier silversmith in miniature, but also an outstanding assortment of fine miniatures that were made exclusively for him by the best craftsmen of the mid-20th century. The collection was consigned by the artist’s family decades after his death and included many items never seen before along with some of his most recognizable masterpieces.
This May, we are so very pleased to be able to present the collection of a premier collector and dealer from the past, the late Joseph Gray. He was a dominant figure on the miniatures scene throughout the 1940’s into the early 1970’s and he represented legendary artists like Frank Matter, Burt Randle, Frederick Hosbach, Warren Dick, W.F. Victoreen, and was an early representative for Betty Valentine. Joe Gray (1889 – 1974) was a native of Chicago and he was a familiar face to many early collectors in the Midwest, and later in California. He was not only an avid collector and purveyor of the tiniest miniatures available, but he also had a passion for antique books, both large and small. He was world-famous for his collection of over 1000 hand-carved smoking pipes. When Mr. Gray passed away in 1974, his collection and the remainder of his stock was put away in boxes for over 40 years and has only now come to light again as his grandchildren have decided to sell it at auction. It has been a privilege to unpack and marvel at the tiny treasures of this once-in-a-lifetime collection.
The artists whose work was hidden away all those years include a man that John Blauer described in 1977 as an artist whose work had never been surpassed: Frank Matter. There was a time when his work was familiar to many collectors but over the years, his fame has begun to recede into history’s shadows as that earlier generation of collectors has passed away. The Kansas City museum has a comprehensive collection of his work, and some of his things can be seen in the legendary Thorne rooms. Because the Blauers purchased his personal collection shortly before he died, his work has seldom been available in the open market since we sold the contents of Maynard Manor so long ago. Mr. Gray’s collection includes Matter’s famous blue and white dinnerware, tiny carved wooden figures and tableaux and wonderfully small original artwork. He also liked to make everyday household items like miniscule eggbeaters, mechanical banks, and sets of checkers. His skill and artistry still stand up admirably to the work of today’s best artisans.
Frederick Hosbach’s reputation for incredible detail is derived from his exquisitely carved bone and ivory miniatures, although he worked in other media as well. The delicacy of his turned goblets and stylized trees is surpassed only by the microscopic size of his carved animals. We simply could not get accurate measurements of his creatures for the descriptions in this catalogue and had to be especially careful when handling his work because anything dropped would be difficult to impossible to retrieve.
Joe Gray was a champion of new and merging artisans and we were surprised to unpack and discover so many early pieces by Betty Valentine. Some were signed but many were not and there were times when Gray sold the unsigned work of others as his own. We suspect that may have been the case with these unmarked Valentines.
We were also nicely surprised by the unveiling of pottery by Gertrude Duertz, who lived just outside Philadelphia and traded under the name of Glyn Ceiriog Studio. Her pieces are marked on the bottom with the image of a tiny lady in Welsh costume, and they dated from the 1940’s and 1950’s, although she made a brief return to the market in 1982. Her little cow creamers and chickens on nests are her most recognized pieces.
The miniature books of Burt Randle are a legend unto themselves and feature beautifully and carefully hand-lettered texts and illustrations in a scale slightly over the usual 1:12, but they have long appealed to collectors of miniatures and bibliophiles alike. No wonder Joseph Gray collected so many of them!
Discovering rarities like these is why we love our work and we could not be more pleased to share them with you all.
Eileen and Susan
May 20, 2016