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 30 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 except for the SFBJ which was, in effect, infiltrated by the German Manufacturers. This happened because, in 1899, Fleischmann & Bloedel (a German firm from Sonneberg Germany, with offices in Germany, London, Paris and Spain), joined the alliance of French dolls makers S.F.B.J. with Salomon Fleischmann as it's first director.
This darling Fleischmann is one such beauty!! Made in France but by a company now in German hands, this lovely French bebe that you will absolutely fall in love with, look no further. I mean, did you see those beautiful big blue eyes and her wonderful dark mohair wig in the loose flottante style? And best of all she comes on her original French fully jointed composition and wood body! Don't stall, get her while she is still available!
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She has a bisque socket head on a fully jointed French composition and wood body with jointed wrists. Beautiful blue almond cut paperweight eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, thick multi stroke, stacked dark brows with two tones, open mouth with six upper inset teeth, pierced ears with lovely antique glass bead earrings, dimpled chin, long dark brown naturally curly hair wig set in a natural wavy style with bangs (known as "Flottante"). Wearing an antique- Factory cotton dress in pink and white and cream lace, antique undergarments, white cotton knit socks and pink leather reproduction French style shoes. Atop her head is a lovely antique straw hat with horsehair brim and applied cloth rosebuds in many colors. Just a marvelous presentation overall!
CONDITION: Excellent! Please examine the photos closely. The beautiful bisque head has good quality bisque, gentle blushing, expert painting of delicate features, good modeling of round and sweet face with cupid's bow lips. The original body does have an old repaint. This is wonderful Bebe is rarely found an often slips under the radar. She has an elegant charm that doesn’t quit and a lovely antique factory made costume!!!
*Please note that the price shown for this doll was calculated by factoring in the doll’s condition carefully. The doll’s condition is described fully in the "Condition" paragraph above. Any damage or flaws are carefully evaluated as to the manner in which they may reduce the retail value of this item. Unless there is some major issue we overlooked in the condition report, we decline to entertain any proposals for price reductions due to a less than perfect condition report. Most dolls that are over 100 years old will have encountered issues over the years and perfection is rare when it comes to antiques.
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18” Fleischmann French Antique Doll with Hypnotic Blue Paperweight Eyes & Wonderful Factory Dress