One look at this extraordinary doll, and it comes as no surprise that the 19th century Jumeau manufacturing company was, and still is, seen as a purveyor of some of the finest, most exquisite gems in the doll market. This beauty, at a very fine size of 22" tall, is dressed in lovely antique clothing, and is designed in every possible way to be a valued prize in the cabinet of whoever is keen enough to snatch her up. Thick, lush brows and lashes frame a pair of gorgeous, deep blue eyes that bear the most magical allure. She has that very special face that I know I look for in beautiful bisque dolls, and I'm sure the same can be said for my lovely customers. But we must remember that this extraordinary doll is simply more than just another pretty face- she is an integral piece of history for the Jumeau firm. The original trade mark for the Bebe Francais was registered to Danel et Cie company in 1891, and was assumed by Jumeau after Emile-Louis Jumeau won his intellectual property suit against Danel for the theft of the mold for the Paris Bebe. Danel had plans to release a Bebe Francais doll (which was lifted from Jumeau's 225 model of the 200 character series), but was unable to after the lawsuit against his company was lost, so, rather than lose out on a perfectly viable marketing opportunity, Jumeau went ahead and manufactured the doll of his own volition. Shops such as Au Nain Bleu sold the dolls, and they were a popular addition to the flourishing Jumeau line, but there were limited quantities of these beautiful Bebes produced, hence our excitement in introducing this girl to the market! For more information on her, please see pages 350-351, page scans are available with the purchase of this fabulous lady! This angel is not one you want to risk passing up. She is available on a layaway plan, so you can take up to ten months to pay for this beauty without worrying about someone else snatching her up while you budget. We are offering her with our Couronne D'Or gifts and guarantees, too, because we know that the purchase of so extraordinary a lady is worth celebrating! Get her before she is gone for good.
~We are offering Mademoiselle on layaway! Take up to 10 months to pay for this beautiful lady. Have any questions about her? Feel free to write us an email or give our office a call at 718.859.0901. Please note: Any offers made will be considered as cash offers unless otherwise specified and discussed beforehand.~ And this beautiful girl ships for free in the US!
She has a lovely Pressed bisque socket head on a fully jointed Jumeau body. Gorgeous blue paperweight eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroke brows, closed mouth with shading and accents, pierced ears stunning crystal and real pearl earrings, dimpled chin, lovely replacement blond mohair wig in lovely golden banana curls. Wearing a very attractive antique cotton pale pink confection of a dress with copious rows of self ruffling, each row being edged with lace, lace edged pantaloons, cream cotton socks with patterned texture, antique brown leather signed Jumeau antique shoes with bumble bee insignia (size 10). All topped off with a pretty pale cream silk bow in her hair.
MARKS: B 10 F
CONDITION: Excellent. The exquisite head with fine quality pale bisque, expert painting of delicate features, crisp modeling. Minor flecks at the ear pierce holes. The body in clean and sturdy condition but an area on rear torso repainted possibly where original Jumeau stamp may have been and the hands have typical touch up where flaking has occurred. This wonderful French Bebe is exactly the same face as the Bebe Francais registered by Jumeau in 1896. Please refer to the photo on page 351 of the Jumeau Book by Francois Theimer and Florence Theriault for an exact look-alike. She has a sweet inquisitive expression with a pert smaller mouth and wide open eyes creating a wonderful heart-shaped face. She is beautifully dressed and would grace any collection of fine antique French Bebes!
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~A Note On Our New 'Couronne' Three Tiered Rewards and Guarantee System~
Couronne, the French word for crown, has always been a term dear to my heart. I was born in Paris, French was my first language, and will always be my favorite way to talk about dolls. The circular nature and royal implication of the word 'couronne' make it an excellent adjective to describe the best of the best that we offer, here at Kathy Libraty's Antiques. As time goes on, I find it harder and harder to come across dolls of the highest and finest quality; and when I do have the pleasure of finding and subsequently offering them to my customers, expressing their growing rarity is difficult. Thus, we now have a way to do it in far fewer words than I have used in the past. Dolls of the highest excellence will now be offered in three tiers, each with an embossed tag expressing their level of merit:
~Couronne Dauphine D'Argent~ (Silver) To achieve the Dauphine level, a doll must be- shall we say, a cut above the pack. A doll at this level is exemplary, and would achieve Impériale or Royale status if not for a small flaw or two, acquired over her long life. These dolls are divine and stand out on their own. At this level, in addition to the doll purchased, the buyer receives a small gift, personalized thank you note, as well as a 5% off voucher for a future purchase.
~Couronne Royale D'Or~ (Gold) Dolls that achieve this level are rare, alluring, beautifully dressed and in very good condition. They exemplify everything that we look for in a doll and prize above others in a 100+ year old antique. At this level, our customers receive a small gift in addition to their package along with a personalized thank you note that is included with every doll we sell. A voucher for 7% off of your next purchase will be included.
~Couronne Impériale Platin~ (Platinum) The highest order of antique doll, a doll that is all original or otherwise exquisitely costumed . A doll that has an absolutely original body and without damage or compromise. With a doll at this level, we offer our customers a gift of antique doll jewelry, a luxury bonbon, personalized thank you note specifying the value and rarity of the item. Additionally, a voucher for 10% off of your next purchase from us. A receipt of your purchase for insurance purposes is also available upon request at this level, as well as in invitation to our Holiday Antique Doll High Tea at our home in and show room in Brooklyn, New York. *Insurance receipts are also available upon request for any doll at these levels.*