20 inch French bisque Bebe by Joanny. If you haven't ever seen one of these fantastic dolls then you are in for a treat.
Manufactured in France circa 1880 by Joseph Louis Joanny. Some of these dolls come with the mark of a J and some don't. This has the mark of J 2 Joanny and is documented in many books. Joseph Louis Joanny bought their doll body's from Jumeau and Steiner that is why she is on a stamped Jumeau body, and why she has marked Steiner eyes.... The eyes are incised Steiner Bte S.G.D.G.....The bodies were always French straight wrist 8 ball jointed bodies, these fantastic dolls have been found on other French bodies, but I don't know if they were original.......
This example is very special with especially fine quality bisque, beautifully painted and gorgeous Steiner eyes, original body and body finish and exquisite antique dress. large blue glass sleep Steiner glass eyes, dark eyeliner, soft rose blushed eye shadow, finely feathered brows and delicately painted upper and lower lashes, closed mouth with shaded and outlined lips, pierced ears, antique blond antique mohair wig over cork pate and early pressed bisque. Joseph Louis Joanny sold his dolls from his prestigious doll store in France at 202 rue de Rivoli. Early dolls by this firm, are rarely found.
French composition and wooden eight ball jointed body with plump limbs and straight wrists is correctly stamped Jumeau on the back, which we will show in the photograph.
Beautifully dressed in all fine antique clothing with antique slip and platelet and antique shoes and socks. This is just a fantastic doll that you don't see often.
Joanny doll is very clean and from a non smoking environment with no issues..