A spectacular example for the collector interested in completing or expanding their French bebe collection, this Emile Jumeau bebe is simply an outstanding doll. In wonderful, condition, this marvelous bebe is a crisp version of the pre-Tete bebe EJ that came just after the Carrier Belleuse 'Triste' and EJ A models that were produced simultaneously between 1879-1882. This model was produced between 1881-1883 for a very short period and is almost identical to the Portrait Jumeau, save a couple of key differences, such as the widening of the eyes, the delicacy of the nose and the lift and darkening of the brows. An excellent investment for a collector who focuses on Jumeau dolls, especially ones interested in the progression of the bebe, this particular doll, with her ocean blue eyes and almost smiling mouth would be a crowning glory for any cabinet or vignette.
This gorgeous French bebe has a pressed bisque socket head on a fully jointed and signed Jumeau body with straight wrists. Gorgeous HUGE watery blue Jumeau paperweight eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, multi stroke light brows, mauve eye shadow, closed-mouth with shading and accents, applied and pierced ears with earrings and she wears lovely antique glass bead earrings, dimpled chin, lovely antique blond mohair wig.
Wearing an extraordinarily beautiful bebe frock dress (possibly antique) but maybe made from antique elements of the period in teal silk with ecru antique lace front panel, antique underwear as seen in photos, authentic, original EJ Jumeau shoes incised in gold letters: E JUMEAU
/ MED. D'OR / PARIS. /DEPOSE, and antique net socks. Her wonderful wired bonnet made of the same fabric as the dress with ribbons, lace and feathers. Wow! What a wonderful EJ!
MARKS: DEPOSE / E 12 J (tick mark)
Blue Stamp on body: JUMEAU Medaille D’Or PARIS
CONDITION: Excellent! She has fine quality bisque, glowing color, expert painting of delicate features, crisp modeling of one of the prettiest Jumeau faces ever produced with the distinctive almond cut eyes and dramatic brows. The original Jumeau body in clean and mostly original finish condition save for some typical wear to the joints and hands which have been touched-up. This strikingly pretty example of the desirable EJ Jumeau is sure to become a family heirloom. She has beautiful, hypnotically captivating deep blue eyes. What a pleasure it would be to actually own her!
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