13 . French Brown-Complexioned Bisque Bebe, Size 2, by Leon Casimir Bru with Boutique Label and Signed Bru Shoes
30" (76 cm.) Pressed bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque shoulderplate, very full modeling of cheeks and chin, brown glass enamel inset eyes, thick dark eyeliner, painted lashes, mauve-blushed eyeshadow, brushstroked and multi-feathered brows, accented eye corners, shaded nostrils, closed mouth with well-defined painted teeth between the shaded and accented lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, Bru gusset-jointed kid body with bisque lower arms and, individually sculpted bisque fingers with well-defined knuckles, beautiful antique costume (additional silk dress included), undergarments, Bru leather shoes signed "B", fine antique bonnet. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Bte SGDG (forehead) (circle/dot symbol at back of head). Comments: Leon Casimir Bru, the model known as "circle/dot", this being the earliest brevete version of that model, circa 1880. Value Points: superbly sculpted bebe of which this may be the largest size known to exist, having outstanding definition of facial features, enhanced by choicest bisque, perfect bisque hands, rare painted teeth. Ex-Mildred Seeley Collection.