This example is a modern reproduction of a Bru Jne & Cie company Bébé Bru doll. Collectors typically will refer to a doll made by this French company as a "Bru" and an authentic antique original can be very expensive. Because the mold to make the head for this modern copy was taken from an authentic antique Bébé Bru and the bisque was decorated by an accomplished artist, it may be more easily mistaken for an authentic original. Even though this doll's bisque head is inscribed on the back with the name of the artist who made her and the year it was made these marks could be concealed under a wig.
This doll has a realistic swivel head with blue paperweight eyes and a brown mohair wig. The fine bisque head is well decorated and sits on a bisque shoulder-plate. She also has a kid leather body with a scalloped strip where the shoulder-plate joins the body, bisque forearms and bisque lower legs. The doll is dressed in a vintage outfit. The seemingly authentic manner in which this doll was assembled can make it seem older, and that also can provide potential for deceiving a novice buyer. The doll artist who made this example probably never intended for that to happen, but the potential still exists, just the same.
Antique dolls originally made by many different well-known makers have been copied, and are still being copied. Some reproductions are very, very good and may be easily mistaken for an authentic piece by a collector new to this particular niche. If collecting with an eye toward future value don't be taken in only by a sweet, well painted face on a modern-made reproduction. Remember, a skilled crafts-person can recreate the features of a vintage or antique doll. And as these types of artist-made reproductions begin to gain some amount of actual age of their own it may become increasingly difficult to differentiate some of them from the originals they mimic.
When buying collectible dolls online never hesitate to ask to see pictures of specific features you think it is important to see clearly, if they have not already been provided in a listing, or to ask questions prior to purchasing. A quality dealer appreciates the opportunity to prove their expertise to a willing buyer as their aim will be to have them back again in the future as a repeat customer.
If you don't know what specifics to look for and don't feel you have the time to do research prior to making a purchase, then your best course of action would be to buy dolls for your collection only from established, reputable dealers who value their reputation and avidly seek repeat customers. This type of dealer will be happy to guarantee the authenticity of all items they sell.
Measures 11-1/2 inches tall.
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