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Spectacular and beautiful 25″ ( 64 cm ) Gauthier bebe with all the features and characteristics of their first attempts of manufacturing a bebe ( or child doll ) as opposed to their previous poupees ( what we now term ” fashion dolls “). She is incised on back of the bisque socket head ” F. 12 G. “ ( in block letters ) , and this head is mounted to a separate bisque shoulder plate which is in turn attached to a heavy firm white leather body with gusset joints at the elbow, hips, and knees, and extended uniquely designed bisque forearms with well-defined fingers and nails with no damage or restorations observed. This body is somewhat ” Bru-like ” in design but the shoulder plate is flatter such as one finds in the Bru Brevete model and not with the molded bosom in the slightly later( Bru ) models. Also, the shape of the fingers is unique to this period FG  with a  ” cupped ” bend at the knuckles which is its distinguishing factor. One might describe the overall proportions of the doll as ” toddleresque” as she is a young child yet not a baby. The facial expression of the doll is stunning with closed mouth with slight separation to the lips and molded tongue tip as found as the ” best ” Bru Jne bebe. There is a deep dimple in the chin, dramatic brown paperweight eyes in almond-shaped sockets, well painted lashes and thick blond multistroke brows, and pierced ear lobes. She is magnificently costumed in a dress of cream printed floral silk, lace, and multiple shades of violet, purple and lavender silk panels and ribbons with an elaborate hat that is well-coordinated with the dress. The wig is antique blond curly mohair ( over a cork pate, ) and the shoes old black canvas with leather soles. One of the loveliest dolls of this type that we have observed  and she is being offered at less than half of what one would expect to pay for a Bru and just as outstanding! ……US$ 6,750.

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Very pretty and found less seldom than many other French bebes is this child stamped in red on back of head ” PHENIX ” and also incised ” *  ( star ) 93 “. She stands 22” ( 55 cm ) tall, has large blue glass eyes, well painted lashes and multistroke evenly arched eyebrows, a closed mouth with full upper lip and slight parting of the lips, highlighted nostrils and distinct philtrum on upper lip, and overall even coloring with slightly rouged cheeks. The wood and mostly mache French body bears original patina, and is fully jointed with straight wrists ( hands covered by original French leather gloves ). The elaborate costume is bluish-green silk and antique lace with matching bonnet, the shoes antique black leather with buckles, and the wig antique honey human hair with side part. These dolls were designed by Henri Alexandre who in the early to mid 1890s merged with the successors to Jules Steiner, hence some recognizable style characteristics in both the bisque and body style of the 1890s marked Steiner dolls. A lovely example in overall good condition and quality in a moderate size….US$ 3,100.

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Classic French 26″ ( 66 cm )  bebe with head stamped in back in red ” DEPOSE TETE JUMEAU 12 “ , with an addition incised ” 12″ at the neck socket with large bulbous brown paperweight eyes, closed mouth with slight white space between the lips, well painted lashes and evenly arched thick painted brows, pierced ear lobes, and mounted by a coil spring to the original wood and papier-mache fully jointed French body with straight wrists, stamped in blue on back torso ” BEBE JUMEAU  diplome d’honneur” , bearing fine original finish. Luckily she still retains her fine original blond mohair wig with bangs over cork pate, and has been elaborately well costumed in a burgundy silk taffeta , lace , and plaid dress with well  coordinated large bonnet. The antique brown leather shoes are unmarked but are of the period of the doll and fit her well as do the old socks and undergarments. A most attractive doll , well presented, and with great stature ad overall excellent quality!…………………….US $ 3,200.

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Wide eyed 21” ( 51 cm ) closed mouth Jumeau bebe with large bulbous blue paperweight eyes, closed mouth with well-painted mouth, lashes, and thick brows, pierced ear lobes, and evenly painted coloring throughout the facial features. Although the head does not bear a “ Tete Jumeau “ stamp, and is incised only “ 10 ” , the characteristics are unquestionably “ Jumeau “ and the torso of the body does bear an oval paper label reading   “BEBE JUMEAU diplome d’honneur “.  Despite the lack of a full marking of the head she is not a “scrub mark “ version as she has no white spot typical after the red markings were later removed by acid. The body is fully articulated and bears the original finish with some typical paint wear in places , mainly on fingertips and toes. The dress is a pleated heavy cotton print with velvet belt at waist, lace trim at collar , antique crocheted waist length sweater-vest, antique undergarments, and very nice antique white “ Keystone “ shoes with silk ribbon rosettes. In addition to the attractive woven and silk ribbon bonnet she wears a wonderful antique red mohair wig, so hard to find, and perfectly fitting with the various colors of her costume. She has her original cork pate but she has no spring coil head/body attachment mechanism. A classic beauty at a very reasonable price of …………………………………………US$ 2,675.00