Just look at that face! One of the most outstanding French Bebes I have ever handled, this doll is a star. A sister of the Paris Bebe, this exquisite Bebe Francais will make a stand out addition to any collection interested in focusing on the best of the best. At that wonderful size 10 22" size, she just looks so smart dressed in a superb antique ensemble, and is designed in every possible way to be a valued prize in the cabinet of whoever is keen enough to snatch her up. Thick, lush brows and lashes frame a pair of gorgeous, alluring blue eyes. She has that very something about her look that I know I look for in beautiful bisque dolls, and I'm sure the same can be said for my lovely customers. This angel is not one you want to risk passing up. She is available on a layaway plan, so you can take your own time to pay for this beauty without worrying about someone else snatching her up while you budget. Don't waste another moment, make her yours. What's more? She comes with our highest level of gifts and guarantees (Couronne Platin), which you can read more about below.
**Yes, she is indeed available on a layaway plan! We offer up to a 1 year layaway at $450 a month! Feel free to call us at 718-859-0901 for an in hand description of her excellent condition, or payment details on this beauty. She even ships for free in the US!** Would you like to see more photographs? Send us an email requesting the view in particular you are interested in, and we promise to promptly respond with photographs!
Pressed bisque socket head on a fully jointed Jumeau body. Gorgeous blue paperweight eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroke brows, closed mouth with shading and accents, pierced ears with lovely turquoise bead earrings and she wears early pink glass bead earrings, dimpled chin, lovely replacement blond mohair wig. Wearing a very attractive antique silk dress with blue and white striped skirt, tissue silk blouse attached via insertion lace with threaded ribbon, lace trim antique cotton full slip has yellowed with age, antique white cotton, lace edged pantaloons, cream cotton socks with patterned texture, antique brown leather signed Jumeau antique shoes with bumble bee insignia (size 10). All topped off with a pretty pale blue and cream antique hat with lace and flower trim.
MARKS: B 10 F
CONDITION: Excellent. The exquisite head with fine quality pale bisque, expert painting of delicate features, crisp modeling. Minor flecks at the ear pierce holes. The body in clean and sturdy condition but an area on rear torso repainted possibly where original Jumeau stamp may have been and the hands have typical touch up where flaking has occurred. This wonderful French Bebe is exactly the same face as the Bebe Francais registered by Jumeau in 1896. Please refer to the photo on page 351 of the Jumeau Book by Francois Theimer and Florence Theriault for an exact look-alike. She has a sweet inquisitive expression with a pert smaller mouth and wide open eyes creating a wonderful heart-shaped face. She is beautifully dressed and would grace any collection of fine antique French Bebes!
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~A Note On Our New 'Couronne' Three Tiered Rewards and Guarantee System~
Couronne, the French word for crown, has always been a term dear to my heart. I was born in Paris, French was my first language, and will always be my favorite way to talk about dolls. The circular nature and royal implication of the word 'couronne' make it an excellent adjective to describe the best of the best that we offer, here at Kathy Libraty's Antiques. As time goes on, I find it harder and harder to come across dolls of the highest and finest quality; and when I do have the pleasure of finding and subsequently offering them to my customers, expressing their growing rarity is difficult. Thus, we now have a way to do it in far fewer words than I have used in the past. Dolls of the highest excellence will now be offered in three tiers, each with an embossed tag expressing their level of merit:
~Couronne Dauphine D'Argent~ (Silver) To achieve the Dauphine level, a doll must be- shall we say, a cut above the pack. A doll at this level is exemplary, and would achieve Impériale or Royale status if not for a small flaw or two, acquired over her long life. These dolls are divine and stand out on their own. At this level, in addition to the doll purchased, the buyer receives a small gift, personalized thank you note, as well as a 5% off voucher for a future purchase.
~Couronne Royale D'Or~ (Gold) Dolls that achieve this level are rare, alluring, beautifully dressed and in very good condition. They exemplify everything that we look for in a doll and prize above others in a 100+ year old antique. At this level, our customers receive a small gift in addition to their package along with a personalized thank you note that is included with every doll we sell. A voucher for 7% off of your next purchase will be included.
~Couronne Impériale Platin~ (Platinum) The highest order of antique doll, a doll that is all original or otherwise exquisitely costumed . A doll that has an absolutely original body and without damage or compromise. With a doll at this level, we offer our customers a gift of antique doll jewelry, a luxury bonbon, personalized thank you note specifying the value and rarity of the item. Additionally, a voucher for 10% off of your next purchase from us. A receipt of your purchase for insurance purposes is also available upon request at this level, as well as in invitation to our Holiday Antique Doll High Tea at our home in and show room in Brooklyn, New York. *Insurance receipts are also available upon request for any doll at these levels.*