French Bisque Bebe,Model 223,from the Series Fantastique by Emile Jumeau

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27" (69 cm.) Bisque socket head with luminous bisque,deep blue glass paperweight inset eyes with very thick dark eyeliner,painted dark curly lashes,brush-stroked and feathered brows,accented eye corners,shaded nostrils,closed mouth with very full outlined lips,pierced ears,brunette human hair wig over cork pate,French composition and wooden fully-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 13 (incised,somewhat illegible,could be 14). Comments: Emile Jumeau,circa 1892,although not bearing the incised series number,the doll is indubitably the 223 model which was also used for Jumeau's Paris Bebe (see Theimer/Theriault's The Jumeau Book,page 370). Value Points: the rarity of the bebe is rivalled by its superb sculpting,painting,and bisque,an overall gorgeous doll wearing beautiful antique silk and lace dress and bonnet,undergarments,stockings and shoes.
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