Description of Tete Jumeau Doll for Sale
I am thrilled to present a great example of an antique bisque head Tete Jumeau Bebe doll. This French Bebe has a desirable closed mouth and is a manageable size 9 at 21 1/2 inches tall. This Tete was made in France by Jumeau with her original composition body from 1886 up to at the latest 1891 when the body stamp was changed. This Tete has beautiful Jumeau deep blue human form paperweight eyes with tremendous depth and clarity set off with wonderful feathered eye brows, eye shadow, eye lashes and hints of eye liner. The eyes are very dark with barely perceivable pupils and can appear brown in some lighting. The Tete's pouty closed mouth is expertly painted. The head has been lighted and is perfect. She is wearing a vintage replacement French human hair wig over her original cork pate. The original Jumeau spring head attachment is present. She has pierced ears and is wearing modern earrings.
The marked antique Jumeau composition and wood Bebe body is all original with its original finish. The Bebe body is fully jointed including jointed wrists. It has surprisingly little wear considering it is 125+ years old. The doll is wearing a modern replacement dress with a half slip and bloomers. She is also wearing a pair of vintage German oilcloth shoes.
Head Mark: DEPOSE, TETE JUMEAU, Bte S.G.D.G., 9,
Body mark: Jumeau, Medaille d Or, Paris
Condition of Doll for Sale
The antique bisque head is perfect with no chips, cracks, rubs or repaint. It appears that at some point in time the plaster holding the eyes in the head has come loose from the inside of the head. The eyes have been professionally reset. There are no damage to the eyes or the eye opening. The head has been lighted to insure there are no hairlines. The composition body has it's original finish with minimal wear. The original body stamp is present. Because this is an early body the finish is a little rough but I have inspected it closely and can see no repainting. There is slight wear on the edges of the joints. The dress is in good shape with no foxing, stains, rips or repairs.
Note: For bisque head dolls I use USPS "Special Handling Fragile" service which provides separate handling for packages. The charge is $10.95 which is added to the insurance charge in the Ruby Lane shipping summary. I feel this extra charge is appropriate to insure trouble free shipping of your fragile purchases.
The doll may have wear and flaws seen in used dolls. I try to describe significant flaws in my text and show them in picture. Read the text and examine the pictures to be sure you understand the dolls condition. If you have questions please email me.
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Antique French size 9 Tete Jumeau Bebe Doll
$1,900 $2,850 SALE PENDING
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