Extrordinary in size, quality, and beauty is this Bru Bebe, 36” ( 91 cm ) with incised mark on back of head “ BRU JNE R 16 “ , and impressed on back torso the number “ 16”. She has huge blue-grey paperweight eyes, well painted lashes and eyebrows, a closed mouth with hint of a space between the lips, a deep dimple in the chin, and realistically modeled ears with pierced earlobes. She is mounted to her original fully articulated French wood and composition body with mostly original patina, wears a white cotton and lace antique dress, all antique undergarments, a magnificent antique brown mohair wig with long “ rattail “ extensions in back, an antique brown velvet and brocade childrens coat, an antique midnight blue velvet hat with dark blue fringe cut feathers, burgundy silk ribbon and big brass button holding all in place. The shoes at first glance appear to be original leather Bru slippers but upon close examination one finds a signature stamp impressed into the soles “Joyce Nicholson “, and although not original attest to their quality and adherence to replicate authenticity. It is rare to find any Bru Bebe this large these days and certainly not one of this overall quality and condition. 

Although we try in most cases to want to sell and ship anywhere in the world we feel in this particular case due to her size, weight, and fragility, we want to limit the sale of this particular doll to locations only within the 48 lower contiguous states of the USA to avoid problems with customs and other such potential third party interferences that can occur when direct shipping and control is taken out of the hands of anybody other than the seller and the buyer. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience!!!……………………..US$ 12,500. 


Featured here is a large ( 23 ½”, 59 cm ) SFBJ toddler incised “ 21 S.F.B.J. 252 11 “ with closed pouty full mouth and protruding upper lip, with deep accentuating modeling especially around the chin, above the eyes, and deep bumps and ridges all throughout the forehead showing an exaggerated expression of displeasure and/or frustration as if she had been denied something and if to say “ Is that so; well I’ll show you !”. She has blue glass sleep eyes and still retains the original silk upper eyelashes, short multistroke brows, and is strung to the original chubby French toddler body with diagonal hip joints with original painted finish in overall very good condition. The reddish blond mohair wig is original as is the one-piece French blue and white mariner type costume which barely goes to knee length. The camel colored leather toddler shoes with pompoms and white knit socks are also original. Although just recently repurchased from a collector to whom we previously sold this doll only a few years ago, we had obtained this doll originally from the sale of the Sammy Odin Collection and when Sammy saw it in our booth at the recent UFDC Convention this July it immediately drew his attention and he walked over to reacquaint himself with his old friend and reminisce. A superior quality ever popular doll with confirmed provenance……………………….US$ 3,650. 


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. 


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.


Hard to find French bisque socket head character child made in 1913, just before the outbreak of World War I, and incised “ S.F.B.J  239 PARIS “, and “ Poulbot “ ( signature -style ), 14” ( 35cm ) tall, on the original five piece French composition body with straight wrists and splayed fingers, with original cotton print shirt , trousers, suspenders, and reddish mohair wig, over an old French hard composition pate. The cloth shoes and age appropriate felt beret-type hat have been added and also perhaps the nice silk bow tie. The pale brown/hazel glass eyes are inset and original with well modeled eyelids, typical pinker than normal painting of the  bisque with heavier shaded cheeks and pursed closed mouth. As typical of this type material and the age it was produced, there is some paint flaking and minor touchup on the body . The Poulbot characters children ( named “ Rintintin “ if presented as a boy, or “ Nenette “ if as a girl ) were created by Francisque Poulbot and were to be representatives of the “ street urchins “ of the hilly Montmartre area within Paris.. A difficult character to find and this mostly original example is offered at a very reasonable price of merely……………….RESERVED


18 ½” ( 47cm ) French bisque socket head bebe incised “ STEINER PARIS FI re 11 “ with closed mouth with slightly parted lips exhibiting a faint smile with pale blue-gray paperweight eyes, multi-stroke evenly arched eyebrows and well painted lashes, relatively pale bisque with nicely shaded rosy cheeks, slight dimple in the chin, pierced earlobes, and mounted to the original papier-mache Steiner body with full articulation other than straight wrists with short stubby outstretched fingers, bearing good original finish , and stamped on front torso “ Le Parisien BEBE STEINER “. She is wearing an extremely well made late 19th Century-style dress made of all old silk brocade and lacy fabrics, a full antique blond mohair wig with side part covering the original purple cardboard Steiner pate, antique white leather shoes and old brown knit stockings, and an old straw bonnet with cloth flower decorations. She also comes with the original blond mohair wig ( worn and sparse ) and simple but still lovely sleeveless Steiner dress. This doll is being offered for the first time directly from the family of the original we wanted to include these original objects but also wanted her to appear a bit more “ elegant “ while retaining her history and provenance. The “ Figure C “ Steiners have their own particular identifying expression and presence and are actually far less frequently found than one might expect!…………………………………..US$ 4,350.