I am pleased to have a fantastic second series portrait Jumeau Bebe doll. The doll is 21 inches tall and was made in France by Jumeau between 1878 when the mark on the body was first used up to about 1880. The head does not have the typical Jumeau spring attachment. Jumeau didn't get a French patent for the spring mechanism until 1881 which confirms the early date on this doll. The Portrait and Premier Bebe were discontinued in 1883-1884. The doll comes with a replacement French human hair wig and an antique hand sewn slip. She also has a pair of vintage oilcloth shoes and socks and modern earrings.
Around 1877 Jumeau made their first Bebe doll which they named Bebe Incassable. There were two versions of this doll called Premier and Portrait. The two versions shared the same head mold, body and paperweight eyes. The portrait version was the deluxe model featuring more detailed face painting with eye liner and eye shadow and more finely painted lips and eyebrows. The portrait versions also had much higher quality clothing and shoes. This Portrait Bebe's head has the desirable separately molded and applied ears. She is on a loose (unattached) 8 ball jointed composition and wood body with original finish. The doll has the Jumeau human form paperweight set glass eyes. I have restrung the doll and all the joints work smoothly and she holds a pose nicely.
Head Mark 10
body mark Medaille d'OR Paris
On the earliest Jumeau dolls the head only has a size mark and did not employ the artist "tic" marks seen on latter Bebe's. The body stamp usual includes Jumeau but on this doll Jumeau has been scratched out. This usually means that the doll was sold to a French store that applied a paper label with their own name where the Jumeau mark was usually seen. The paper label is long gone.
Condition of Doll for Sale
The bisque head has been lighted and is perfect with no chips, cracks, rubs or repaint. The body has its original finish with no crazing, repairs or repaint. The antique clothes are in good shape with no foxing, stains, rips or repairs.
The edges of the body joints have wear and paint chipping typical of a body almost 140 years old. The feet have some paint chipping and splits of the composition structure of the toes. There is also some paint chipping on the body. The hands have paint wear and chipping and cracks that may indicate the fingers have been broken and re-glued.
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