In the 1870s, French doll makers offered the novel figure that represented a child doll. Prior to the introduction of the bébé, most dolls looked like adults. Usually made of bisque-or tinted, unglazed porcelain-these child dolls appealed to the parents of a growing middle class who saw their own children in the adorable, romanticized faces of these new dolls. Doll makers dressed their little bébés in clothing modeled after the latest in children's fashions. The French bebe dolls remained popular for about 20 years. In the last years of the 19th century, German doll makers produced their own high-quality child dolls and sold them for less than the French models, essentially driving the French companies from the market. (excerpt from: The Strong –National Museum of Play)
This darling Little Eden, Bebe circa 1890, is such an outstanding little cherub!! If you have been yearning for a petite, closed-mouth bebe that you will absolutely fall in love with, look no further. This is THE cutest Eden Bebe I have had in a long, long time. Produced for Gesland in collaboration with the Fleishmann & Bloedel and Francois Gaultier, this stunning example is a true find. She can stand proud next to any Jumeau, Steiner, Bru or even Schmitt in quality and facial features. I mean, did you see those lips and those big baby blues? And best of all she comes on her original French Gesland body! (See below for description*). If you have any little boy dolls, you will need to keep her at looking-distance-only because she is simply irresistibly kissable! Don't stall, get her while she is still available!
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She has a perfect pressed bisque socket head on a fully jointed French GESLAND body (stuffed pink cloth body with internal jointed metal armature, composition arms, shoulder-plate and lower legs). Beautiful blue almond cut eyes paperweight eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, tapered flat brows, closed mouth, pierced ears with earrings, full fine quality brown mohair wig over cork pate.
Wearing a very pretty antique style ecru silk and lace bebe frock with gold bead buttons antique pin, antique underwear, antique cream socks and antique style French design shoes in gold and brown, cute little straw hat bedecked with antique cloth flowers, feathers and lace, blue glass bead earrings and a necklace of ecru and blue beads. .
Marks: EDEN BEBE / PARIS / 11
Stamp on Body: BEBE A. GESLAND BREVte S.G.D.G. 5. Rue Beranger 5. PARIS CONDITION: Excellent. She has a perfect pressed bisque head with fine quality bisque, skilled painting of features, gentle color. The composition shoulderplate shows minor at the neck socket and the hands are loose but still can hold a pose and there is some chipping and retouch. The body is generally quite clean and can hold poses. The joints move but they are somewhat stiff. A pretty French Bebe with appealing huge eyes and slightly smiling mouth!!!LBK-12-29-17
*E. Gesland - Circa 1860 to 1928. Gesland produced, exported, distributed and repaired bisque dolls. Gesland advertised from his Paris office that he could repair dolls in ten minutes all Be`be's and dolls of all makes and also he could replace broken heads. Now Gesland purchased his bisque heads from F. Gaultier, Verlingue, Rabery & Delphieu, and others. Gesland's profit was the early dolls that had remarkable body features. Their bodies and limbs frame was steel covered in tin. The joints of dolls were riveted to articulate movement. The doll's framework was wrapped with 'kapok or cotton' to have a natural shape plus covered with stockinette or fine lambskin. The doll's hands and feet were either delicate detailed bisque or painted wood. These dolls could be posed in many lifelike positions in display. Most of Gesland's dolls were marked with the Gesland stamp or label.