13 . French Brown-Complexioned Bisque Bebe, Size 2, by Leon Casimir Bru with Boutique Label and Signed Bru Shoes
32" (81 cm.) Bisque socket head with highly characterized features, almond-shaped blue glass paperweight inset eyes, thick dark eyeliner, painted lashes, rose-blushed eyeshadow, widely arched brushstroked brows, accented eye corners, shaded nostrils, closed mouth with shaded and outlined lips, separately modeled pierced ears, brunette hand-tied human hair wig over cork pate, French composition and wooden fully jointed body, lovely antique silk dress. Condition: dime-sized one-piece reglue at the high crown rim with over-paint, otherwise excellent, original body and body finish. Marks: Paris Bebe Tete Jumeau 14 (red stamp) 14 (incised). Comments: Emile Jumeau, after winning his copyright lawsuit against Danel & Cie in 1892, Jumeau won the rights to the use of the Paris Bebe name, and in consequence created his own Paris Bebe which is this model. It is a highly characterized face, closely resembling Jumeau's 223 character series which appeared shortly thereafter. Value Points: the rarity of the bebe, both in model and size, is complemented by superb sculpting, bisque and painting.