Outstanding French Bisque Bebe Jumeau, E.J. Size 9

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20" (51 cm). Pressed bisque socket head with spiral spring attachment, amber brown glass paperweight inset eyes with spiral threading, dark eyeliner encircles the eyesocket, painted lashes, incised eyeliner, brushstroked brows with feathering detail, rose blushed eyeshadow, shaded nostrils, accented eye corners, closed mouth with modelled space between the shaded and outlined lips, separately modelled and pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden fully jointed body with straight wrists. CONDITION: Generally excellent. MARKS: Depose E.9 J. (and artist's checkmarks) Jumeau Medaille d'Or Paris (body). COMMENTS: Emile Jumeau, circa 1885. VALUE POINTS: Outstanding original and unplayed with condition of the perfectly preserved couturier model of E.J. The doll wears her original maroon silk twill and satin costume in perfectly preserved condition, with lace and tassel trim, matching bonnet with lace and flow-flow ribbons, undergarments including chemise, petticoat, pantalets, embroidered bebe corset, bustle, burgundy woven stockings, burgundy leather shoes with silk rosettes incised "E. Jumeau Med. d'or Paris", maroon earrings and hair comb. and has two original Bebe Jumeau labels (one on arm, one on balayeuse as described in the advertisement of the box "Les Bebes Jumeau habilles par la maison doivent en porter la marque sur la balayeuse" (the bebes Jumeau dressed by the firm must carry the label on the dust ruffle of the dress). The doll owns its original early Jumeau box and shipping wooden box, and very rare early Jumeau booklet "Histoire de la Poupee", published in 1885 featuring promotional illustrations and stories about Bebes Jumeau. The completeness of the doll and its costume is only rivaled by its beauty and superbly preserved freshness.
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