A renowned couture designer in her time, Margaine-Lacroix has conceived this exhibition as an anthology of the costume. The themes are often inspired by regional clothing, but not only. About one hundred dolls were serial numbered. Folk art is fragile: less than twenty are located today. As a consistent set, this seductive work is lost forever.
The number 96 was sold for $ 310K including premium by Theriault's on January 10, 2015. Named Lorraine, it wears the complex costume of a French queen of the sixteenth century.
The number 21 was sold for $ 263K including premium by the same auction house on July 12, 2009. The boy in a flamboyant costume had reserved a pleasant surprise to the experts: it is titled Ballets Russes N 3, confirming the interest of its authors for the most innovative show of their time.
The number 7 is a character doll dressed in a costume adorned with gold and with turquoise colored jewels and wearing a hat with a tall aigrette.
The knowledge of its provenance is exceptional. It was purchased to Margaine-Lacroix in 1915 by a collector whose son founded a doll museum in New Hampshire, later transferred to Winter Haven FL. It was accompanied by another doll of the same series and their costumes were both identified as Persian.
Number 7 was sold to a collector after the closure of the museum in 1984. It has just resurfaced and is estimated $ 180K to be sold by Theriault's in Newport Beach CA on January 9, lot 17. It has changed ownership only once during its one hundred years and is in near mint condition. The catalog is linking its costume to the Ballets Russes, which is not in contradiction with a Persian style.
This doll is the first one discussed by Mrs Florence Theriault in the video introducing the sale.
SOLD for $ 240K before fees