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22.5” French Antique 1907 Jumeau Bebe in Sweet Silk Frock with Frilly Bonnet
~Announcing our very exciting Back to School sale! We are marking down 100 of our favorite dolls that give us nostalgia for the childhood joys of going back to school this September so you can enjoy a new dolly at delightful price that won't break the bank. This wonderful little lady is included in the sale- why not go ahead and indulge? To see what else is on sale, simply search Back to School in our shop!~
This sweet French girl caught my eye when I first saw her with her tender dewy bisque and her delicately pink silk dress with ruffles and lace. If you don't have a Jumeau bebe yet or if you are thinking of expanding your collection of fine French bebes, I strongly recommend that you give this darling girl your undivided attention because she definitely exudes that French panache that so many antique doll collectors seek.
She was produced circa 1907 by the SFBJ firm, which was essentially the Jumeau firm with lots of additional French manufacturers merged together. In 1907, they decided to do a revival of the very popular Tete Jumeau bebe of the 1890s by dusting off the old molds and reproducing the popular doll. Only now, they had improved production techniques with more expertise on board. In my opinion, the 1907 Jumeaux are more attractive than their predecessors and this doll is no exception.
While she retains the classic Jumeau features, they have been modified to better reflect the trends of the day. The brows are less owlish, the complexion a little rosier as now pale complexions were rightfully considered unhealthy for children. Her body is slightly more slender than the previous Tete Jumeaux and her costuming reflected the child fashions of the early 1900s. She has beautiful, peachy bisque and very attractive brown sleep eyes that look just as nice as the paperweight eyes with the added feature of being able to sleep. Her original composition body is an improvement in quality over the later Jumeau bodies that have not stood the test of time with their flaking and chipping issues. Aside from some minor wear to her hands, her body is in very good condition. Additionally she is costumed appropriately in a wonderful bebe frock representing the style of the early 1900s and she also comes with her original French leather shoes. She will be an absolute delight in your display case.
~We are offering this extraordinarily beautiful 1907 Jumeau on an eight month layaway! Give our office a call at 718.859.0901 to hear an in hand description of her wonderful condition, or just send us an email.~
She has a lovely bisque socket head on a fully jointed SFBJ Jumeau body with jointed wrists. Beautiful dark brown original sleep eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroke feathered brows, pierced ears with antique glass bead earrings, open mouth with shading and accents and six upper teeth, lovely auburn human hair wig over original cork pate.
She wears her "Sunday Best," consisting of a lovely antique style pale pink silk dress with lace trim, lace ruffled bib, antique cotton underwear with eyelet embroidery trim, antique cotton pantaloons with and tucking and hand crocheted lace trim, antique cream net socks, antique black leather French shoes, wonderful wired bonnet with flower trim..
MARKS: 1907 10
CONDITION: Excellent! The super fine quality pale bisque head with healthy rosy coloring, expert painting of delicate and classic Jumeau features, crisp modeling of alert child’s face. Small rub to the outer left cheek. The original body in very good original finish condition but having typical paint flaking and touch up to the hands. A wonderful Jumeau Bebe with a captivating look and a lovely silk and lace costume. This gem is ready for prominent display in your most coveted doll cabinet! LBK 7-1-16. TBS 8/3/16
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