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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  costume is a lovely light weight cotton print chemise-like knee length dress with pastel floral theme over top of another fine silk and lace under dress also in a floral design, antique undergarments , knit stockings and beautiful antique red silk shoes ( some typical age wear ), a very nice antique blond mohair wig, and a bonnet made of fine white rabbit fur. 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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18 ½” ( 47cm ) closed mouth French child with head stamped in back   DEPOSE TETE JUMEAU 8 “ with smooth evenly painted peaches and cream complexion and rosier cheeks, sparkling blue-gray paperweight eyes, well painted lashes and thick multi-stroke brows, pierced earlobes, and mounted by a coil spring to the original fully jointed wood and composition body which is stamped on back torso in blue “ BEBE JUMEAU Bte. S.G.D.G Paris”. The paint is mostly original with some well done touch up to fingers and a few joints with some typical crazing primarily on the forearms. She wears an exceptionally full antique blond mohair wig with bangs over a cork pate, original brown leather Jumeau shoes stamped on the soles “ 8 PARIS “ and also the recognized logo of a bumblebee. The costume is made of all antique materials and laces and has a cream silk underdress covered with fine ecru lace and pale green silk ribbons. The hat is old woven straw with lace and faux flower decorations. What now seems like ages ago, when learning about antique dolls and various references to them , I noticed that the advanced dealers/collectors most often referred to the very blue eyed Jumeaux with rosier complexions as “ Gypsy Jumeaux” , and was told that when one was lucky enough to find them in their all original attire would often be presented in a more exotic/ethnic garb and accoutrements. By today’s standards and accepted social norms this may not acceptable to apply such broad generalizations but when I see a doll such as this one I cannot forget the categorization to what I originally advised and cannot put out of my mind regardless . A lovely doll in a perhaps revised presentation (?!). ……US$ 2,300.

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Very pretty 23” ( 58 cm ) doll incised “ DEP  10 “, a classic example of a late 1890’s collaboration of French-German manufacturing as the heads are believed to having been produced in Germany by Simon & Halbig but specifically for the Fleishmann and Bloedel French firm ( and predecessors in the SFBJ Company ) and sold exclusively as “ French dolls”. She has a slightly smiling open mouth with four upper teeth, wide eye cuts with blue glass sleep eyes, thick lashes and upper and lower painted lashes, as well as pierced earlobes.  The French body is fully jointed wood and composition with good original patina. The wig is full blond bobbed antique blond human hair, the dress dark salmon linen with white cutwork blouse, antique knit stocking and very nice antique white French leather shoes,( lacking one silk ribbon strap on right shoe and the one on left needing reconnection ).  A very pretty doll at a reasonable price of only …….US$ 650.

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 Adorable and desirable in size ( 9”, 23 cm ) and quality is this tiny French doll with head incised “ DEP S.F.B.J. 2/0” with open mouth and tiny upper teeth, blue glass sleep eyes with lower painted lashes and original silk uppers, pierced earlobes with tiny blue earrings, on the original fully jointed pink French wood and composition body with good original finish. She wears an old dark human hair wig over cork pate, a simple one-piece strawberry pleated silk dress, white knit stockings, a nice wide brimmed bonnet with silk ribbons, and well- made brown leather shoes . A true gem of a tiny French doll in excellent condition with broad appeal!………………=…..US$ 395.