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The picture of lavish elegance, this 24 inch, E J 11 model Bebe Jumeau, circa 1883 to 1885, is a superior example of artistry in both porcelain bisque and haute couture French fashion, likely by Ernestine Jumeau herself! A collector’s dream, in as near mint condition for age as I have seen, her bisque is free of damage or repair and her original 8 ball marked Jumeau body with straight wrists is of all original finish with little age even showing!
This is the final model Jumeau produced in pressed bisque. She has detailed applied pierced ears and peaches and cream coloring. Very akin to the Triste Jumeau model in expression and softness, there is found the same mauve eye shadow almost always found on the earliest models marked with the initials E. J. over the size number. Her lovely chestnut brown paperweight enamel rayed eyes are in their original set and deep enough to fall into as you gaze into them to bid her tell you of her past. The finest of light charcoal eye lashes surround them and the low arch of her brows depicts her as a pensive young girl. Her mouth is touched delicately on upper and lower lips with accent lines.
I just can’t get over the condition of her original marked body! There are just a few small chips at the knee joints and on one heel. The rest is all original finish and in great shape. The 8 ball articulation with straight wrists is an earlier body but the waist is slimmer than the earliest. She has a large X on the bottom of one foot in pencil.
This bebe’s ensemble consists of everything a lovely little lady could wish for! Everything obvious from the outside and even her corset on the underside are of matching aqua blue silk! Underpinnings include simple pantaloons and chemise, a lovely tucked and ruffled antique slip, which buttons to an original aqua silk satin corset that matches her dress perfectly. She must also put on her antique bustle pad, which ties around her waist with tapes and is filled with horse hair. Her knit socks are a little discolored with age, but her matching aqua silk shoes are still in amazing condition! They have begun to melt a little on the sides but are sturdy due to their cotton lining. The soles are marked with the number 70 impressed in them. The same type of stitching edges them as one finds in marked Jumeau shoes.
Describing her scrumptious Jumeau bebe dress would take quite a while, so I will let you enjoy the photos and ask for more. The light aqua silk satin shimmers in the light and has just a few age spots or stains but no melting. The applied individual overlapping leaf shapes trailing down the front are of self fabric and are repeated on the sleeves. What an unusual treatment! Lovely tidbits of lace accent the lower front opening, the sleeves at the wrist and the neck but are carefully applied like icing on the cake. The inside of this dress is as deftly finished as the outside and suggests that this dress could have been made by none other than the best of the best! Closures are hooks and loops.
Her amazing antique straw hat is decked out with flowers and trailing silk ribbons of aqua blue, one of which has been stitched to piece together in mid stream.
I have included the aqua satin parasol that compliments the entire “to-die-for” ensemble!
Priced as a seldom-found and prime example you won’t want to miss the chance of owning.
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