French Bisque Bebe, Figure C, by Jules Steiner

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29" (74 cm). Pale bisque socket head with rounded facial modelling, perfectly oval blue glass enamel inset eyes, painted dark lashes with "dot" highlights, rose blushed eyeshadow, thickly fringed brows, accent dots at eye corners, shaded nostrils, closed mouth with outlined shaded lips, impressed lip corners, dimpled and blushed chin, well-detailed blushed ears with pierced earlobes, long wheat blonde human hair wig in ringlet curls over Steiner pate, French composition fully jointed body with semi-cupped separated fingers. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Figure C, No.8 J. Steiner Bte SGDG Paris (incised, head) (black caduceus stamp on torso). Comments: Jules Steiner, circa 1884. Value Points: an outstanding early model Steiner bebe with finest quality of bisque and painting, original body and body finish, antique silk costume with encrusted seed decoration, undergarments, bonnet, leather shoes. A particular favorite of Mildred Seeley, the doll was displayed prominently in her home for nearly two decades.
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