FRENCH BISQUE

 

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Very pretty 19″ ( 48 cm ) classic Jumeau bebe with head stamped in red ” DEPOSE TETE JUMEAU 8″ and body stamped in blue in back of torso ” BEBE JUMEAU “. She has smooth, relatively pale bisque for this period of Jumeau with bulbous light brown paperweight eyes, well painted lashes and eyebrows, pierced ear lobes, and is connected to the original body by a coil spring. Naturally the wood and composition body is fully articulated and bears overall fine original finish with only a few paint flecks with most of those few on fingers which is most typical. There is a slight firing flaw in the mold seam at the very right bottom near neck socket but is in the making and not the result of damage. She wears a wonderful original French red mohair wig over cork pate, her original brown leather Jumeau shoes stamped on soles ” DEPOSE 8 PARIS ” and also with the well-known “bee” logo. Under the period light brown wool coat is a simple pale rose cotton chemise-style dress, and antique white cotton undergarments. The woven straw bonnet with remnants of a few pale silk ribbons is a known and recognized factory Jumeau item. A very nice doll of excellent quality with several important original items still preserved. US$ 3,100.

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Pretty 27″ ( 69 cm ) closed mouth bebe with red stamp on back of the head ” DEPOSE TETE JUMEAU Bte. S.G.D.G. 12 “, lovely large clear brown paperweight eyes, evenly arched multi stroke eyebrows with nice lashes, smooth peaches and cream complexion, well modeled and painted lips, pierced ear lobes with blue and white bead earrings. The head is attached by a coil spring to the original fully jointed French wood and composition body ( no markings found ) with mostly original finish with only minor spots of paint retouch ( leg stringing slightly loose ). She is elaborately costumed in a two piece heavy midnight blue velvet and black bead trim design, and antique blond mohair wig over cork pate, a spectacular bonnet made of plum velvet and floral embroidered wide ribbons, and nice antique brown leather shoes with cloth rosettes and stamped on the leather soles ” 12 C.C. (within an oval)”. The blue velvet material of the dress is so far it must be viewed in bright light as not to appear black. A classic Bebe in an imposing size. US$ 3,250. 

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Pretty 16″ ( 41 cm ) French closed mouth bebe with head stamped in back in red “DEPOSE TETE JUMEAU 6”, attached by a coil spring to the original fully jointed wood and composition body stamped in blue ” JUMEAU MEDAILLE D’OR PARIS “. Although finish appears to be mostly original it has the flat finish ( “scrubbed” ) whereas the glossy varnish is either worn away or has been taken off over her many years. She has a nice antique blond mohair wig with side part covering the cork pate, a lovely antique white ribbed cotton and blue braid trim two piece mariner costume, antique socks and antique olive canvas shoes impressed on the soles ” PARIS DEPOSE 6 “ ( with the ” bee ” logo ), old undergarments and a blue cotton cap coordinated to the dress. The blown glass brown eyes are stunning, facial coloring even as are the eyebrows, lashes, and mouth. Dangling  from her pierced ear lobes are one bead magenta earrings. A classic model, good quality overall in a desirable size. US$ 2,850.00.

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Rare and dramatic 26″ ( 66 cm ) French bebe incised ” F. R.  12 ” made by Falck and Roussel, one of the least well-known but also one of the most coveted dolls of this period due to both her rarity AND beauty. She has large bulbous blue paperweight eyes, closed slightly smiling mouth with protruding upper lip, tiny lashes and thick multistroke brows, pierced ear lobes, deep dimple in chin, and excellent facial modeling and painting. She is on a fully articulated French wood and composition with mostly original finish, and is beautifully costumed in a one piece midnight blue velvet, cream silk, and lace trimmed dress,  as well as blue velvet embroidered and dangling bead decoration , antique brown leather shoes with silk ribbon rosettes, and a well-coordinated silk, velvet, and feather boa bonnet. The wig is dark brown human hair over an old cork pate.  Although not technically inexpensive she is offered at a much reduced price over what one would normally have to pay due to a well executed professional restoration of two hairlines on the back of the head. It is not readily visible upon routine inspection but only after a strong light is placed inside the head and with no restoration to anywhere on the facial features. With all that to be considered she is being offered at ………….. US$ 14,500.

 

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