Whenever I look at her, I am simply at a loss for words. This beautiful doll transcends anything I could say to describe her beauty, her softness of expression, or the spell of her large brown eyes. With her sweet mohair wig, her exquisite signed Jumeau shoes, her wonderful original frock dress with its maroon & black hat, or her perfect features, this doll is a delightful masterpiece destined to become a treasured family heirloom. I will not carry on waxing poetic about her exquisite charm and presence, her photos say more than I ever could on that subject, but I think we can all appreciate her more by making note of her value-points through discussing her chronological import in the history of the Jumeau firm. Jumeau produced his first bebe in 1877 or so, and had difficulty deciding whether or not to make the bebes out of papier mache, which was unbreakable, or to use bisque, which the fashion dolls they had been making up to that point were made of. Emile-Louis, son of Pierre-Francois, convinced his father that the bisque bebe was the way to go (despite Pierre's reluctance to even consider making a bebe,) and the Premiere and Portrait Jumeau bebes were born. Two lines of bebes were produced, the "Deluxe Portrait" bebe, modeled after the "Deluxe Poupee" model, and the budget line bebe that is known as the "Premiere" model.
The model seen here is the former, "Portrait" model, characterized by an extremely subtle, pale coloring, lined eye socket cuts, and very fine quality decoration that is lacking in the "Premiere" models. The Jumeau book by Francois Theimer details that this model was more expensive when it was produced because of the artistry and delicacy of the painting, and it was made at the same time as the Premiere, the only difference being the price and quality of bisque and particularly eyebrow painting. For more information, consult pages 284-292 of the Jumeau Book. We'd be happy to include page scans with this lovely bebe. All of that said, it bears mentioning that the Jumeau book, which is considered to be the landmark text of this subject, does not distinguish between 'First' and 'Second' series Portrait dolls, only the Premiere and Deluxe bebes of this period. Because of this distinction, we will only term this lovely girl to be a Portrait Jumeau of the finest quality with open almond eyes and the sweetest face. We are honored to offer her for sale. Of course, as this spectacular bebe is so singular, in near mint condition we are offering her with our highest level of gifts and guarantees. We believe she's worth every penny to the connoisseur of Jumeau bebes, so get her before she, too, is marked 'Sale Pending.'
~Our beautiful Mademoiselle is available on layaway! Take up to a year to pay for this amazing, singular Jumeau bebe. If you have been waiting to take the plunge on an amazing doll that is key to any collection that wishes to showcase each iteration of the bebe Jumeau, look no further. We would be happy to discuss any aspect of her fabulous condition or to discuss layaway terms at 718.859.0901, or just send us an email with specific questions. We have over 30 photographs of her, so if you'd like to see more angles, or other images, let us know!~
Pressed bisque socket head on a fully jointed early 8 ball Jumeau body with straight wrists and blue Jumeau stamp on her rump. Beautiful penetrating wide open almond cut deep bitter sweet chocolate brown paperweight eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, fine multi stroke feathered brows, closed mouth with shading and accents with fuller lips, pierced ears with antique glass bead earrings in Beaujolais wine color and a matching glass beaded necklace, lovely modern blond mohair wig.
Wearing a wonderful bright fuchsia silk and lace bebe Frock with cream silk front shirred panel, pleated deep dropped skirt, applied embroidered flowers over the front panel, edge trim and large silk bows in the shape of roses to either side of the center panel also in fuchsia, large matching cream silk bonnet, with applied velvet flowers in complimentary colors, original antique undergarments, original maroon net socks, original brown leather shoes with original silk rosettes--Just a wonderful presentation overall for this Museum worthy Portrait Bebe---Just WOW!
CONDITION: Excellent. GORGEOUS bisque with super pale complexion, exquisite and fine decoration of features, first out of the mold modeling, fabulous captivating soulful eyes and sumptuous luscious lips. The early eight ball Jumeau body with original finish and in very fine original finish condition and only very minor wear at the joints and fingertips. After 135 years of exposure to the elements, this little treasure retains so much charm and charisma. She is one of the most desirable of all the Jumeau dolls, this shy and precious bebe with exquisite features and mysterious allure has a very intelligent and commanding presence! A rare family heirloom, she holds an important position in the aristocratic hierarchy of French Bebes. If you have been in search of an exemplary specimen of each Jumeau bebe, this Deluxe Bebe Incassable is just a 'Top' doll! Consider her an investment in the fine artistry of dolls.
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