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Splendid French Bisque Bebe Triste in Rare Size 16, with Original Body and Costume

Lot Number: 
253
34" (86 cm.) Pressed bisque socket head, deep blue glass paperweight inset eyes, dark eyeliner encircles the eye sockets, painted dark lashes, dark brushstroked and feathered brows with decorative glaze, accented eye corners, shaded nostrils, closed mouth with defined space between the shaded and outlined lips, separately modeled pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden fully-jointed body, antique aqua silk dress with ivory cream yoke, lace trim, undergarments, knit stockings, black leather shoes, silk bonnet. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 16 (head) Bebe Jumeau Bte SGDG Depose (body). Comments: Emile Jumeau, the largest size of the portrait bebe known as Jumeau Triste, circa 1885. Value Points: few examples of this rare size doll are known to exist, this having beautifully defined sculpting, fine dewy patina of bisque, gorgeous eyes, original body finish, lovely costume.
Realized Price: 
$14,000
Presale Estimate: 
16,000/22,000