13 . French Brown-Complexioned Bisque Bebe, Size 2, by Leon Casimir Bru with Boutique Label and Signed Bru Shoes
26" (66 cm.) Bisque socket head with very full cheeks and delicate complexion, blue glass paperweight inset eyes, thick dark eyeliner, painted lashes, mauve- blushed eyeshadow, brushstroked and feathered brows, accented eye corners, shaded nostrils, closed mouth with delicately-shaped outlined lips, pierced ears, brunette hand-tied human hair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden eight-loose-ball-jointed body with straight wrists. Condition: generally excellent, light touch-up on pierced hole of left ear, 1/2" firing line at back crown rim that is original in the making. Marks: J (symbol) M. Comments: Mothereau, early period bebe, circa 1878. The Mothereau firm was short-lived, creating dolls only from about 1878 to 1882, in very limited production. Value Points: rare doll with beautiful sculpting, featuring full lower cheeks in the manner of Jumeau's Bebe Triste, very fine quality of bisque and delicate painting, beautiful antique silk dress.