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Outstanding French Bisque Bebe E.J.A., Size 12, by Emile Jumeau

Lot Number: 
31
25" (64 cm.) Pressed bisque socket head with very elongated cheeks, blue glass paperweight inset eyes with spiral threading and darker rims, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, mauve blushed eye shadow, brush-stroked brows with feathered details, shaded nostrils, accented eye corners, closed mouth with defined space between the shaded and outlined lips, impressed chin dimple and philtrum, separately-modeled pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden eight-loose-ball-jointed body with very plump limbs. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: EJ/A 12. Comments: Emile Jumeau, circa 1879, the uniquely sculpted facial model was made for one or two years only, and the bebe was offered in two sizes only, 10 and 12, further indication of its luxury status. Value Points: very rare to find, especially in this very beautiful example, with choicest bisque and painting, original body and body finish, original wig, and with superb silk costume.
Realized Price: 
$27,000
Presale Estimate: 
18,000/23,000