Painted wooden dolls auction for $16,500 at Bonhams

A pair of 18th century painted wooden dolls has excelled at Bonhams' Fine Dolls and Teddy Bears auction.

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The sisters wear low cut white cotton dresses, which remain in remarkably good condition despite their considerable age

The circa 1780 "sisters" brought £11,000 ($16,605) to the Oxford, UK sale yesterday (May 21) - testament to their rarity and condition.

Boasting painted gesso faces, inset black enamel eyes, rouged cheeks and blonde wigs, the pair was among the earliest toys represented in the sale.

The sisters hint at 18th century fashions, as well as toy manufacture during the period.

Bisque-head dolls also proved ever-popular among collectors. A 19th century French bisque-head Bebe attributed to eminent doll maker Emile Jumeau made £5,000 ($7,546).

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