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Outstanding Francois Gaultier 26” Antique French Bebe in Antique French Dress *The One*
That face...something about it hints at fine art of the old masters, perhaps a cherub from a Renaissance ceiling frieze. Or perhaps a young princess in a Pre-Raphaelite painting from her own time. This F.G. girl's blue eyes shine with lighter flecks, full of astounding warmth and tenderness. There's an incredible softness to her rosy cheeks, framed dramatically by tumbling, antique sable curls. She's exquisitely clad in a frock fit for royalty: snowy cream wool with luxuriant blue velvet accents and matching feather stitching. If you've fallen under the spell of her timeless beauty like we have, don't delay!
Among the legions of French dolls throughout history, the bisque-head bebes by Francois Gaultier have been an outstanding favorite. This stunning open-mouth bebe stands at an impressive 26” tall, with the “FG Scroll” mark on the back of her head. She is adorned in a most exquisite dress; an original French Jumeau dress in cream wool and blue velvet that makes her present most fabulously, while her head is graced with a matching pleated bonnet with crisp white lace. The curls of her antique and possibly original brown human hair wig sweep down on either side of her angelic face, coming down past her shoulders in smooth, crisp twists and curls. A mix of antique and vintage underthings keep her warm underneath her gown, while her feet are clad in beautiful antique French tan leather boots, with lace-up fronts. This sweet, sweet girl is ready for her outing! Whether it’s for tea at the palace, or an afternoon at home with a cup of hot cocoa, this girl is prepared for whatever fun adventures mama and papa may have for her. In truly exquisite condition, this girl has no excuses -- she is at the top of her class, without a doubt. Allow yourself to be taken in by those big, blue paperweight eyes, and make her your own! This is the kind of doll you will dearly cherish in your collection...
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Bisque socket head, with bright blue paperweight eyes, with intricate inner detailing; painted upper & lower lashes, dark brown feathered brows, and an open mouth with a row of seven upper teeth. Dimpled chin and lightly-blushed cheeks, with overall pale complexion and pierced ears with wonderful vintage blue foiled bead earrings. She stands on her original antique body, at an impressive 26" tall, with tight stringing and overall excellent condition. She wears an antique human hair brown wig that comes down past her shoulders in cascades of crisp curls.
She is adorned in a beautiful antique French Jumeau bebe dress, in a cream wool, with blue velvet, and blue feather stitching details. Her head is topped with a lovely blue bonnet, with white lace trim to accent the gown, while underneath she wears an antique white cotton half slip and matching pantaloons with lace trim, and a vintage white cotton full slip with lace trim to the collar and skirt. An antique gold-filled pin decorates the front of her dress. Cream antique cotton socks are worn on her feet, along with a pair of outstanding antique original French shoes in a tan leather, with four rows of eyelets, and lace front ties; the right boot has the number 10 on the sole.
Marks: 10 FG -scroll- [back of head, incised]
Condition: Outstanding. This girl has a beautiful bisque head, free of hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration. The paperweight eyes are sparkling and without any issues, with great pupil alignment and a liveliness that is realistic. The painting and modeling is superb, indicative of particular care by manufacturers. The original body has held up beautifully, with its original glossy finish, and a good tight stringing so she can easily be posed. There are only some minor and expected regions of age wear, particularly at the joints as usual, so nothing unexpected. The wig is crisp and clean, with no smoky odors, and fits well atop her head. The costume is great overall; the wool parts of the dress do have some minor and typical moth holes, but nothing too noticeable. The underwear is crisp and clean, with only the most minor and normal wear. The sole of the left boot has been repaired/replaced, but otherwise they’re both in excellent condition with great presentation. Overall, this is an outstanding doll in fabulous condition, with charming presence that can’t be beat; we cannot overstate the value of such a superb French bebe!
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