In 1899, the Jumeau firm absorbed many of the French doll manufacturers of the day and formed the SFBJ company. The SFBJ sought to compete with the German manufacturers. By 1910, the Germans cornered the market by producing varied character dolls that became very popular with the American market. This wonderful character was the SFBJ's answer to the German character movement of the 1910s that was sweeping the doll world. SFBJ designed their own characters in the 200 series dolls and also modified their doll bodies to represent babies and toddlers. Thus the SFBJ 251 "TWIRP" became a very desirable character toddler, with her full cheeks and expressive open mouth revealing a cute moveable tongue; she captured the hearts of so many doll lovers. Today, she is the prize of any doll collection that specializes in French character dolls. Dressed in her sweet embroidered white dress with
with pink details, she is bound to touch your heart as well!
She has a beautiful, warm and rosy bisque socket head and very attractive original blue sleep eyes with lower lashes, multi-stroked and feathered brows, and her closed open mouth has two upper molded teeth and a moving retracted tongue. She stands at 17" on a fully-jointed wood and composition toddler body. This body has the slant hips. She wears a soft blond mohair wig in a short, curly style, and comes with her original light red-brown French human hair wig, which is also worn short with soft curls at the ends.
She wears a sweet white cotton dress, I am quite sure it is original to her it is made from antique fabrics, covered in ruched whitework embroidery with a floral motif, lace trim at the hem, collar, sleeves, and overlaid at the waist, and pink ribbons at the hem and waist, tied in bows, and pink bows at the sleeves and at hemline closure. The dress fit is perfect. Underneath, she wears a white cotton half slip with lace trim, and a pair of white cotton pantaloons. On her feet are a pair of white crochet stockings and black leather shoes. On her head is a straw hat, with a pink ribbon around the edge of the brim and a spray of white silk flowers. Her original wig has the original pink bows on each side of the wig. She also comes with a sweet wicker basket, in a deep brown with an open weave, holding a spray of pink and white silk flowers with white lace, and pink flowers with white lace, and pink ribbons tied to the handle.
Offering this extraordinarily beautiful SFBJ 251 Bebe on layaway! Give me a call at 517.321.2377 to hear an in-hand description of her wonderful condition, or send an email. All questions answered promptly.
Condition" Excellent. The bisque is free of cracks, chips, hairlines, or restoration. She has excellent bisque with pleasant color, expert painting of features, wonderful deep modeling of expressive character face with delightful expression known as " Twirp." The original toddler body has some areas of touch up, particularly on the hands and legs; the rest of the body has some age wear. The costume is in good condition, with some minor age-related wear.
Adorable 17" SFBJ 251 " Twirp " in Sweet Pink and White
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