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Precious 15" Francois Gaultier Block Bebe in Antique Silk Couture Frock
What words can we say about this extraordinary doll? We just love this bebe. She is an outstanding example of the BEST of the best made by Gaultier during the golden age of doll production, this exquisite petite bebe was sold at the prestigious boutique 'Aux Enfants Sages,' whose original embossed French shoes she proudly wears. And her costume... Take a close look at this exquisite plum silk couture frock with all antique lace and matching antique bonnet with delicate button decoration. She is superb. On her original 8 ball body by Jumeau, in excellent overall condition, we have never seen a presentation girl quite like this before! She will enchant all who see her.
~You will not find a more outstanding Gaultier at a better price than this beauty! Please note that during the Red Tag Sale, preference is being given to Cash Buyers; those interested in a customized layaway plan, please contact us before purchasing. We can offer her at a rate of $2000 per month at this time for the Tag Sale price.~ Would you like more photographs before making your decision about this outstanding doll? Just let us know! We are happy to provide them!
Bisque socket head on a fully jointed original French 8 ball Jumeau body original to her. She has the most endearing caramel almond-cut paperweight eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroked brows, closed mouth with shading and accents, pierced ears with lovely faux coral teardrop earrings, dimpled chin, sensuous light auburn French human hair wig.
Wearing a stunning couture maroon silk and lace bebe frock dress constructed from the finest antique silk and lace fabrics, fully lined and with attached muslin lace edged pleated slip. The dress boasts antique cut-steel buckles and a fine antique metal button accent at the collar, excellently matched ecru lace overlay with symmetrical floral motifs, box pleated deep dropped waist and maroon pleated front panel—just a superb stand-alone work of art! (Underneath her gorgeous dress are an antique cotton lace-edged half slip and a pair of antique cotton pantaloons with copious tucking and lace edging, antique cotton knit patterned socks and exquisite original French black leather shoes with brown contrast stitching and incised on the sole: AUX ENFANTS SAGES/ PASSAGE VOUSEROY/PARIS 2. To complete her outfit, she has a glorious large maroon silk bonnet with a wide brim of ecru ruffled lace, beige silk ribbons and bows In all, she presents a marvelous vision of days gone by but still alive in our hearts and minds!
MARKS: F. 6 G.
CONDITION: EXCELLENT! She has lovely head with pale bisque, pleasant color, expert painting of delicate features, crisp modeling of tender and sweet face resembling the ever popular Bru doll. The original, signed Jumeau body in clean and sturdy condition with minor age wear and an old, well don repaint, some expertly crafted finger repairs and some chipping to the upper left toes. This wonderful Bebe is so adorable! A real little cabinet ready charmer with that certain “Je ne sais quoi!”
~A special historical note on the relationship between Gaultier and Jumeau and the shared use of bodies~ In September of 1870, Paris was sieged by the Third Prussian Army, until January of 1871. As we can all imagine, this dramatically halted the production of doll heads by firms with factories within and directly around Paris, as the Parisiennes could not import the porcelain dust required to create the heads. Jumeau was in this camp; his factory was within Paris at this time and he could not produce many heads. Gaultier, however, was not. His factories were outside of the city limits, and he could continue making heads during the siege. Gaultier had always sold his heads to other companies, but, this particular event gave him a monopoly like control of the French head market for the following year. During this time, Jumeau bought Gaultier heads, and developed a relationship with the company. Boutique shops as well, such as Aux Enfants Sages, who would come later, after the Franco Prussian war, knew of this relationship, and when Jumeau had a shortage of heads, often looked to Gaultier to provide heads for Jumeau bodies. This is what happened with this sweet little Miss; we are confident that her repainted Jumeau body is perfectly original and appropriately sized for her proportions. Feel free to send an email if you'd like further information or clarification, book citations or bibliographic references.
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