Outstanding French Bisque Bebe Jumeau as Spanish Matador in Original Jumeau Couturier Costume

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22" (56 cm.) Bisque socket head with dark sienna complexion enhanced by lustrous patina, large amber brown glass paperweight inset eyes, dark eyeliner, black painted lashes, black feathered brows, accented eye corners, shaded nostrils, closed mouth with defined space between the richly shaded and outlined lips, pierced ears, black mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden fully-jointed lady body with shapely torso. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Depose Tete Jumeau Bte SGDG 9. Comments: Emile Jumeau, the model represents a Spanish matador, with complementary rich sienna complexion, circa 1888. Value Points: superb doll with rich glowing complexion, original wig, pate, body, and elaborate costume that perfectly fits the body in the matador style; the costume created in the couturier workshops of Jumeau and featuring rich metallic braid and gold stars and balls on red silk jacket, pants and long cape, along with black velvet fitted cap trimmed with soutache braid. No other example of this doll is known to exist, the complexion, body and elaborate original costume perfectly matched. Ex-Lucy Morgan Collection.
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