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 ocurred. 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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