French Bisque Bebe Gigoteur by Jules Steiner for Au Nain Bleu

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17" (43 cm.) Solid domed bisque head with flat-cut neck socket,very pale complexion with softly-blushed cheeks and eyelids,blue glass inset eyes,painted curly lashes,feathered brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,slightly-parted lips,two rows of tiny porcelain teeth,pale lambswool wig,carton torso containing clockwork mechanism,composition arms and lower legs,kid-over-metal hinged upper legs,wearing beautiful antique gown and bonnet. Condition: generally excellent,mechanism functions well. Comments: Jules Steiner,his beloved Bebe Gigoteur,circa 1880,which,when wound,waves its arms and legs in baby-like fashion,turns its head side to side and cries"mama". Value Points: especially beautiful bisque,the doll was commissioned from Steiner by the prestige Parisian doll store,Au Nain Bleu,and still wears its original shoes labeled Au Nain Bleu.
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