13 . French Brown-Complexioned Bisque Bebe, Size 2, by Leon Casimir Bru with Boutique Label and Signed Bru Shoes
12" (30 cm.) Bisque socket head with rounded plump facial shape, painted blue eyes with heavy eyelids and black downcast pupils, delicate black eyeliner, decorative glaze at the lower irises, painted all-around lashes, arched brows, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, all-wooden bebe body with loose-ball-articulations at elbows, hips and knees, cupped hands, pretty antique costume, bonnet, undergarments, leather shoes. Condition: generally excellent, flawless bisque, near mint body finish. Comments: Adelaide Huret, circa 1865. Value Points: compelling gentle expression with most artistic painting of features, finest bisque, rare wooden body. The doll is photographed in The Encyclopedia of French Dolls by Francois Theimer, page 290.