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In 1899, the Jumeau firm absorbed many of the French doll manufacturers of the day and formed the SFBJ company. The SFBJ sought to compete with the German manufacturers. By 1910, the Germans cornered the market by producing varied character dolls that became very popular with the American market. This wonderful character doll was the SFBJ answer to the German character movement of the 1910s that was sweeping the doll world. SFBJ designed their own characters in the 200 series dolls and also modified their doll bodies to represent babies and toddlers. Thus the SFBJ 238 became one of the popular French dolls presenting most often as a boy, but also as a girl as in this version. This girl is a lovely example of the SFBJ 238 character child, with her full cheeks , her slightly open mouth with six upper teeth, and her sparkling deep blue eyes, often referred to as jewel eyes. Today, she is a rare prize for any doll collection that specializes in character dolls. Dressed in a cute French school girl dress with be-flowered straw hat, and magnificent dotted Swiss dress with pink underdress, she is sure to render you immediately smitten!
She has beautiful, smooth and pleasantly blushed bisque bisque and very attractive blue paperweight eyes with a deep watery presence that the Jumeau eyes are famous for. Her lovely French warm light brown human hair wig with bangs and banana curls frames her face perfectly! The brows are multi-stroked and feathered and her upper and lower lashes are delicately drawn.
Additionally she is well costumed in a cute antique French school girl dress with with pink underdress, and magnificent dotted Swiss dress. Underneath are two layers of cream cotton undergarments, long rayon knit socks, tan oilcloth antique shoes plus a pair of antique pantaloons, whit cotton antique socks and black leather shoes. Atop her head is a sweet vintage straw hat, so indicative of French schoolchildren of the era. She is simply the quintessential French character child.
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MARKS: SFBJ 238 PARIS 8
CONDITION: Unfortunately, she does have expert restoration to the forehead which I totally missed. I am posting a photo and lowering her price as a result. Otherwise, the bisque with pleasant color, expert painting of features, wonderful deep modeling of expressive character face with an alert, expectant expression. The antique French paperweight eyes are original. The split torso of the original French body contains a working original mama/papa pull strings. Just a true darling for any collection, big or small. I had her listed for $2350, but due to her condition I reduced her to $1350.
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Rare & Wonderful SFBJ 238 Antique Character Child Doll w/Jewel Eyes, Adorable Dress --20.5"
$1,350 USD SOLD
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