French Bisque Bebe by Schmitt et Fils

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28" (71 cm). Pressed bisque socket head with pear- shaped facial modelling giving a long-faced expression, large brown glass paperweight inset eyes, dark eyeliner encircles the eyecut, painted lashes, mauve blushed eyeshadow, brushstroked and multi-feathered brows, accented eye corners, shaded nostrils, closed mouth with modelled space between the shaded and accented lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden eight-loose-ball-jointed body with straight wrists, separated fingers, flat-cut derriere, antique costume of aqua and ivory silk with lace trim, undergarments, extravagant bonnet, soft kid shoes. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Sch (in shield, on head) 15 (raised numbers on head) Sch (in shield, on derriere). Comments: Schmitt et Fils, circa 1882. Value Points: outstanding beauty of the rare early model, her large size emphasizing the quality of sculpting and artistic facial painting, original body and body finish.
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