French Bisque Bebe by Maison Bru with Grand Assortment of Boy Toys and Accessories

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14" (36 cm.) Bisque socket head, blue glass paperweight inset eyes, dark eyeliner, painted dark curly lashes, rose-blushed eyeshadow, brushstroked brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with outlined lips, pierced ears, brunette mohair bobbed wig over cork pate, Bru hollowed-wood six-ball-jointed body, antique linen costume. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Bru Jne 6. Comments: Maison Bru, circa 1887, the hollowed-wood body was introduced by the Bru firm in that year and was intended as a direct competition to Jumeau's composition and wooden body; he described it in his advertising as "more sturdy and lighter". Value Points: rare Bru model, the little boy bebe owns a bounty of toys and accessories including brushed velvet top hat, woven top hat, pool table, playing cards, a little case of miniature medals, globe on pedestal, two oval hat boxes, set of dominoes, and checkerboard with mother-of-pearl inlays. This doll, with some variation of accessories is show in The Bru Book, by François Theimer.
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