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 Stunning and statuesque French bisque “ fashion doll “ or “poupee peau “ ( one on an all leather body ), 25” ( 64cm ), with relatively pale bisque socket head which swivels on a separate bisque shoulder plate, which in turn is mounted to a solid and heavy stuffed white leather body with gusset joints shoulder, elbows, hips, and knees, and well defined separately stitched long fingers, in overall good condition considering age and material. She pale blue glass inset eyes set in almond-shaped narrow eye cuts, pale bisque head with rouged cheeks, well painted and shaded lips, a determined almost regal expression, well painted lashes and multistroke blond eyebrow, and pierced earlobes with earrings. The light brown antique human hair wigs well styled in an upswept manner with long curly bangs and drawn back and held firmly in the back of head secured by a sprig of yellow cloth flowers and berries. She is elegantly attired in an 1870’s style two-piece walking dress made entirely of antique materials consisting of pleated gold silk and gold silk brocade with jacket having buttons covered in same brocade fabric. A heavy gold velvet ribbon ties at back waist and pinned to chest at top left is a pin with painted porcelain. Undergarments all antique and shoes are lovely white leather with slight heels and pointy toe and on the soles there are “ Bebe Jumeau” stamps. Although the shoes are very nice, we do not promote they are indeed Jumeau nor necessarily anywhere near the age of this doll. Due to the fragility of both the leather body AND the fabrics of the costume we will not remove clothing for body photos as the risk is too great for both. We have done the best we can to describe but past history has shown that dressing and undressing this type of doll can be potentially quite hazardous so please, have a little faith! She is an exquisite doll indeed!…………………………………..SOLD.

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 Hard to find closed mouth collaboration of the Jumeau and Simon & Halbig companies dating from late 1890s to early 1900s. The slightly later open mouth examples were produced on a vast scale with the characteristic slight smile and often “ cross-eyed “ expression were simply incised “DEP” and a size number and were usually assembled on French composition bodies and often sold under the Jumeau label with marked Jumeau bodies and even occasionally more a red “TETE JUMEAU “ stamp on back of heads. This doll now being offered is 27” ( 68cm) tall is incised “ DEP 11 “ but as one can see has a closed mouth on a straight wrist fully jointed wood and articulated body in overall good patina with just a little typical age wear. She also has the bulbous blue/gray stationary eyes typically “more French than German “ at- a -glance. Although she bears no mold number is has a very similar look to the rarely found doll incised simply “ 749 DEP “, also an S&H head on French body but no other markings. This lovely girl has excellent ( and heavy ) bisque, superb facial modeling, and pierced earlobes. The lush human hair wig with bangs is a deep chestnut in color, the dress antique white cotton and fine lace with a heavy inset pink ribbon insertion waist band. All undergarments are antique as are the black cotton stockings and brown leather shoes. The hat is antique dark brown tightly woven straw silk ruffled ribbon in front. A rare doll at a most modest price of……………………………………US$ 2,450. 

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An especially pretty and most appealing 20 ½” (52cm ) French bebe with poured bisque head stamped in red in back “ DEPOSE TETE JUMEAU Bte S.G.D.G. 9 “ ( as well as some red artist initials ), having beautiful bulbous blue paperweight eyes with tiny upper and lower lashes, thick multi-stoke brows, well modeled ears with pierced lobes, and a delicately painted closed mouth and highlighted nostrils. The head is attached to the body with the original coil spring. The original fully jointed wood and composition body with fixed wrists is stamped in blue on back of torso “ JUMEAU MEDAILLE D’OR Paris “. Body finish is overall quite good, mostly original with perhaps a slight retouch to a few fingers that needed minor repairs. The original honey blond human hair wig covers the original cork paint. The desirable Jumeau blue floral cotton chemise with lace trim is in good condition with some typical fading from age. In addition to antique underwear and long pale blue cotton stockings, she has wonderful and quite rare pale blue leather shoes (marked with the gold embossed stamp ) “ BEBE JUMEAU MED.OR 1878 PARIS DEPOSE 10”, one strap at ankles ( slight tear in back seam on right). Although indeed a “ Tete Jumeau “ , her overall expression and eye cuts remind one of the slightly earlier “Incised Depose “ models……………US$ 3,850. 

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Rare and totally original 10”( 26cm ) French Bebe by Gaulthier incised “ FG ( within a scroll or cartouche ) 2” having a closed mouth with slight smile, tiny blue glass inset eyes, finely painted lashes and thick multi-stroke brows, with head attached to the original five piece composition French body (with straight wrists and fine original patina), and wearing an elaborate original pale gold and brocade silk one piece dress with lace overlay on skirt section, at collar and sleeve edges, original gauzy undergarments, long white stockings, and original black leather slippers with brass buckles. The long curly blond mohair wig is original and firmly glued to the forehead and reaches the bottom of her waist near the hips. All clothing is firmly sewn around the body so cannot be removed as there are no buttons nor any other type of fastener. A sweet FG child dating from the late 1890s, basically untouched since the day she was manufactured!……US$ 950. 

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Classic and extremely beautiful 19” ( 48cm ) Jumeau bebe with bisque head stamped in red “ Depose Tete Jumeau 8 “ ( as well as some red artist’s initials ) with bulbous brown paperweight glass eyes, well painted lashes and multi-stroke arched brows, a softly painted closed mouth with the illusion of a space between the lips, pierced earlobes, and mounted on the original fully jointed French wood and composition body with a rectangular paper sticker on the small of the back torso reading “FRANCE “. The paint finish is perhaps a slightly bit richer in color than usual but original and overall in good condition with a few specks of peeling ( primarily on upper right leg ). She does not have a coil spring attachment at the neck. She is beautifully costumed and a cream horizontally ribbed antique brocade two -piece dress with big bow on back of jacket and beautiful lace overlay on the skirt. Shoes are antique “ Jumeau-style “ leather with ankle straps, socks are antique black knit, and atop her head a stunning bonnet in similar style and fabrics corresponding with rest of costume. Covering the original cork pate she wears a fabulous long dark blond curly mohair wig with bangs. The head has no hairlines or restorations, just a slight firing separation outlining back right ear where it joins the back of the head. A LOVELY DOLL!!! ……..  US$ 3.950. 

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Adorable little smiling 7” ( 18cm ) boy with stationary blue glass eyes, open mouth with upper teeth, wearing an all original French regional costume including wide brim hat. He wears the original curly human hair wig, and, is on the original five -piece papier-mache body with molded and painted shoes. The head is fully incised “ S.F.B.J 301 PARIS 5/0 “. It is becoming harder and harder to find truly all original dolls and this boy does not disappoint!……………………………US$ 225. 

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Cute pair of 5” ( 12cm ) 1920s era French miniature dolls , incised “ Paris Unis France 71 302 149 “, later productions in the “S.F.B.J.” period, having closed mouth, painted eyes, on original five-piece papier-mache bodies with molded and painted boots. Both are originally costumed in traditional regional garb and could be either brother/sister or a young couple. Some stains on male’s ballooning trousers but both in overall good condition considering at least 100 years old!……………..US$ 165. ( The Pair. )