Legendary Doll Collection Of American Heiress Huguette Clark Heads To Auction

Sale To Be Conducted By Theriault’s To Benefit The Bellosguardo Foundation

November 8, 2019

When Huguette Clark, the 104-year-old daughter of W.A. Clark, the Gilded Age copper baron, died in 2011, she and her father left a legacy that spanned from the American Civil War to present-day. This fascinating life was documented in the New York Times best-selling book, “Empty Mansions,” by Bill Dedman.
Among the treasures she left behind in her Manhattan Fifth Avenue penthouse were paintings by Monet and Renoir, violins by Stradivarius, jewels from Cartier and her famed collection of rare antique dolls.
The doll collection will be auctioned by Theriault’s, an international doll auction firm, at a sale to be held in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Jan. 11 and 12, 2020, to benefit the Bellosguardo Foundation, which oversees the historical coastal property in Santa Barbara, bequeathed by Huguette Clark as a future center for the arts. A small collection of historically relevant dolls will be curated by Theriault’s and retained by Bellosguardo for inclusion in the home display.
The collection to be sold comprises extraordinary dolls and automata from the French golden age of 1860-90, as well as selections of sought-after early Japanese cultural dolls and architectural miniatures.
The dolls will be presented in a commemorative catalog to include many historical references concerning the life of Huguette Clark, including unique correspondences with Christian Dior, the iconic fashion house that created custom costumes for some of her 19th-century fine French bebes.
About Theriault’s
Founded in 1970, Theriault’s is the largest auction house in the world dealing exclusively in antique dolls. Conducting over 40 live doll auctions annually across the U.S., they cater to an international clientele of collectors.
About The Bellosguardo Foundation
Huguette Clark bequeathed her magnificent Santa Barbara estate to the Bellosguardo Foundation in order to transform it into a focal point for art and culture. For more than half a century, the estate has stood frozen in time. The foundation is committed to honoring the Clarks’ legacy, while transforming Bellosguardo into a center for art, music, history, and culture on the California coast.


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