13 . French Brown-Complexioned Bisque Bebe, Size 2, by Leon Casimir Bru with Boutique Label and Signed Bru Shoes
22" (56 cm.) Pressed bisque socket head with very full cheeks, large blue glass paperweight inset eyes with rich spiral threading in so-call "wrap-around" manner, thick dark eyeliner, mauve blushed eyeshadow, painted lashes, feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with shaded accented lips, pierced ears, brunette mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden eight-loose-ball-jointed body with straight wrists, wearing purple velvet dress with lace collar, ruffled cap with purple silk ribbons, undergarments, leather shoes with silk rosettes signed C.M. Condition: generally excellent, original early body, old touch-up on hands. Marks: 4. Comments: Emile Jumeau, circa 1877. Value Points: among the earliest bebes of the Jumeau firm, the doll has extraordinary presence, superb modeling enhanced by felicitous touches of blush on cheeks, eyelids, chin and ear lobes.