This pale early first series Portrait Jumeau is simply magnificent. With her sweet mohair wig, her exquisite costume and antique French leather shoes, and those incredible spiral set blue enamel eyes, this girl speaks right to my soul! She 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. 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 latter, "Portrait" model, characterized by an extremely subtle, pale coloring, lined almond shaped eye socket cuts , and very fine quality decoration. The Jumeau book by Francois Theimer details this model compared to the contemporaneous Bebe Incassable model which I also have a version of in this Ruby Lane site. 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, we are certain that she will occupy a place of great honor in any collection. 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 light blue spiral 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 dusty rose color with faux pearls a lovely modern blond mohair wig plus she comes with her original skin wig (not pictured).
Wearing a wonderful fine beige cotton print bebe Frock with lace overlay and lace edging all constructed from fabrics and laces of her period by a master seamstress! ,She also sports a large matching cotton be-feathered bonnet, original antique undergarments, original blue silk net net socks, original brown leather shoes with original silk rosettes and she wears a lovely antique rolled gold fleur-de-lis pin on her chest--Just a wonderful presentation overall for this Museum worthy Portrait Bebe---Just WOW!
CONDITION: There is a hairline from a chip at the upper center crown, descending into the forehead (invisible with the wig on. View all photos.). Otherwise her bisque is GORGEOUS 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 After 135 years of exposure to the elements, this little treasure retains so much charm and charisma. 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 First Series Portrait Jumeau Bebe is just a 'Top' doll! Consider her an investment in the fine artistry of dolls. Note that a perfect version of this doll books for over $18000. We are offering her at half of that price.
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