Mr. and Mrs. Trotter of Trotter Antiques located in Pacific Grove, California, began collecting in the mid 1960’s, and became well known as prominent collectors and successful dealers. They traveled up and down the West Coast actively purchasing estates and participating in prestigious antique shows.
Mr. Trotter traded his collection of English half pennies for dolls making Mrs. Trotter advanced in acquiring dolls from original owners, fellow collectors and dealers. Almost every doll appealed to Mrs. Trotter from German character to Madame Alexander to the highly coveted French Bru bébé.
The exquisite features of a Bru doll made them among the most desirable with their finely hand-decorated bisque faces set with paperweight eyes, full cheeks, and a pouty mouth, that is joined to a lovely kid-and-bisque body. They were manufactured and assembled on St. Denis Street in Paris from 1866-1899 in small quantities, which is the main reason, along with their art and beauty, that Bru dolls are so fiercely sought after by true doll collectors.
Clars Auction Gallery is pleased to be offering these and many other important dolls from Mrs. Trotters personal collection in our July 25, 2015 auction. This will be the first of several doll auctions Clars Auction Gallery will be conducting during the remaining months of 2015.