She's simply Breathtaking! I know it makes my heart pound to lay my eyes on her! She looks and presents perfect, but lets just face it...not all diamonds are perfect even though you might never know it! I know that though she is not totally perfect, She IS totally irresistible so this is an opportunity of a life time as well! She has a very faint and almost unacceptable hairline on her forehead, as shown in my photos, which has been professionally reinforced on the inside and will not be going anywhere. She also has a chip on her fingertip which is being professionally repaired by me, so she will arrive into you arms looking almost as good as new! There is just something about this doll that goes beyond most Bru Brevetes I have seen. She will shine brightly in your home and bring the joy of Spring into any room you choose to enjoy her. Circa 1870s, she has lived a long and well loved life and it is time for her next caretaker to adopt her. She is authentic in every way, a French Bisque Antique Bru Brevete Bebe size 4, standing 14.5" tall, in all her glory! Its hard to believe that three rare dolls have let me know it was time to make their appearance this month already! And there are more on the way! Please enjoy all the photos. I work hard to capture the beauty of these treasures, but enjoy every minute of my doll world. You are very much a part of it and I hope to hear that you stopped by today! The photos comprise much of my description so be sure to enlarge them. Sometimes it requires a couple of clicks on a picture. They start medium size, then the 1st click gets smaller for some reason, but click again! It will be huge! As you will see, she almost speaks for herself!
What subtle beauty, almost like a lily in splendor! The early, pale bisque is so translucent I would never spray an opaque paint over the lovely china paint because of a nearly invisible hairline. It is tight and light, the best kind there is! I present her with all the pride I would have in a perfect one because of her beauty and rarity. Since you will not likely see it, I will tell you where it is...it runs from the rim through the left end of her right eyebrow to the eye rim, but I cannot even see where it is by that time. I see no point of impact. Basically, it was easy for me to ignore that it even existed. Other than that, her head and breastplate are smooth and clear from cracks or repairs. Excellent bisque! There is an incised #4 low on her neck and a small B as well. On her right shoulder there is a lightly incised 4 to match.
Her facial features are as delicate as can be and have obviously been applied by a master artisan. Did you realize that the Bru factory did not decorate their own heads? That blew a bubble of imagination for me, but it is supposed that Jumeau actually decorated them. I imagine there were just a few artisans doing Bru's commissions, because they were almost always similar in style. Did Bru specify that the brows be as they were or was that up to the artisan? This Beautiful Bru Bebe Brevete Cabinet Size 4 French Bisque Doll is considered to be the earliest of the Bru Bebe models. The Brevete, being earlier than the Circle dot model and the Bru Jne model, was often palest. After many years of fashion doll production, it was decided that children needed to play with a doll of their own age that wore child's clothing styles.
This little girl's head connector is the typical Bru metal button fitting over a spring with the wing nut on the bottom side of the breastplate. She has rayed paperweight eyes of great depth that are the perfect color of amber/nut brown...not too dark. They are in their original set, but the plaster application got a bubble in it due to the wax application that held the eyes in place not fully sealing around the eyes. Air seeped in at two points from the exterior and managed to bubble through. That is a first for me to see, but is of no consequence other than the indentations in the plaster inside the head. She has tiny flea bites at the earring holes from having had earrings over the years. Those are now missing but I bet she would love to get some for her 140th birthday! Tee Hee!
BODY: Explained in "The Bru Book" by Francois Theimer, the bodies of the bebes experienced change as new ideas and patents were incorporated. This one uses a more defined bosom breastplate, just like the next generation of Bru Jne Bebes did. She has the saw-toothed scalloped band that attaches the breastplate to the kid body, rather than the square cut neck line that went on over the shoulders of the earliest Brevetes. The kid is in very good condition with no holes, splits, or patches, but it is showing the age effect of soiling of oils on the leather from handling. Her lower legs show that her socks were once red as some of that dye has transferred to the kid. Her arms have their original wires and it is still attached inside the breastplate, but they do hang rather loose. I found that helpful as I dressed her. She has such lovely hands, not the claw type hands of the earliest Brevetes. There is SO much I like about this doll!
Her coat dress is "to die for" without a doubt. I note that the very fine lightweight royal blue silk is actually a jacquard weave with tiny dots in it. It is in excellent condition for its age! The garment is lined with a tan moussoline as were original dresses. It is completely hand sewn and incorporates piping around the jacket fronts, and a double flounce under the shirred and pleated skirt. Her hat is a master piece! It has shell tucking, and tons of pleated lace surrounding her face. The flowers coordinate with her dress perfectly and the ribbon ties compliment the royal blue of the skirt!
Thank you for stopping by Aunt Janie's Doll Trunk shop today! I wish I could meet you in person! I am looking for someone who can purchase this doll without a layaway. So please contact me with any questions and make an offer to see how we can work out a win-win situation.
The cradle and baby doll are not included in this sale.
If you have further questions or need more photos, please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone or email.
International buyers are welcome but they must NOT ask me to falsify shipping documents as this voids any and all PayPal or insurance protection should anything happen. Other sellers may comply to a request like that but all would be sorry in the case of lost coverage. Paying for coverage is useless in that case. Besides, could a seller that lies on a government document be trusted to provide you with a doll that is as described? I see this happening more and more, to my amazement.