Thank you for viewing this magical little French Jumeau bebe. This tiny one over E.J. nugget should fit nicely in any collectors cabinet. She is such a "dream come true" in this tiny 10-7/8 inch size. Being an early model of the E.J., she has an early Jumeau portrait like face and the pressed bisque rim of her French cut head. The style of mark on the back of her neck (see last photo) indicates she is from the 1881-1883 earliest period of E.J.'s (according to information contained in the Encyclopedia of French Dolls by Theimer and Theriault). She is marked "1 / E.J." on the back of her neck and her 8-ball Jumeau body is stamped in blue with " Jumeau / Medaille D'or / Paris ." She is so seldom found, this tiny size is not even listed in Jan Foulke's "Guide to Dolls." The bulgy paperweight chocolate eyes sparkle against the very pale bisque. If you look closely, you will see she has a little nose rub on the very tip from being kissed and hugged so frequently by her previous owners. The lightly blushed cheeks and pale lips are the right shade against the pale bisque. The right pierced ear has a hint of a chip below the hole that is not seen when she wears earrings. Her long blond replacement mohair wig has extra added "tails" that hang in curls down her back. I tried several wigs on her and this one suited her coloring the best. She has her original cork pate. Her body is in excellent condition and has the original factory sheen. The only minor and age-related paint loss is on the rims of the lower legs and around the neck edge. Her handmade old dress is a high-waisted style with ruching around the top of the skirt and wide puffy 3/4 sleeves. The black netting lace and black velvet ribbon accents provide a nice contrast against the cinnamon spice color of her dress. The hat is antique, is lined and has a nice size ribbon bow. She is wearing antique pantaloons and chemise, loosely knitted old ecru socks and antique shoes in two tone black and cinnamon spice to match her dress perfectly!
Marks: "1 over E.J." on her neck; "Jumeau / Medaille D'or / Paris" on the back of her body.
Condition: We have discovered a small chip on the left side of her head near the rim that looks fresh. Leading from that small chip is a very very light line that does not show without a light or a magnifying glass. I cannot see it on the inside of the head either. I am afraid of what may have happened recently and that is when I placed the hatpin on her head and pressed it into the cork pate to hold her hat in place, I missed the cork pate and the hat pin scraped the edge of the bisque and created the tiny little chip, and ultimately the short line appeared. Therefore, sadly I am reducing her price from $9800 to $6500. This is a bargain for a very rare and desirable Sz 1 E.J. in the earliest model.
10-7/8 In. Size 1/E.J. Jumeau Bebe, Pressed Bisque, Original 8-ball Original Body