What a beautiful bebe, with her pale bisque and big brown eyes! She has perfect bisque and her original marked Jumeau body retains the original finish. She wears her Jumeau shoes and her fabulous antique wig could be original as well. She is wearing a glorious costume of deep red silk, velvet, trims and laces, tagged Galeries Lafayette, Paris.
Historical Note: She is an early example of Jumeau’s Bebe Reclame marketing line, and so her Tete marking has been partially removed - her size number and the typical Jumeau artist marks remain. This acid- etched marking dates her to circa 1892. Jumeau sold these dolls to Parisian Doll Shops and Department stores such as Au Bon Marche, who would then sell the dolls under their own name. At first, Jumeau removed the markings, but then when the new marketing strategy proved a success, dolls were deliberately left unmarked specifically for this purpose. These dolls are identical in every way to the marked versions sold under Jumeau’s name.
Head: Her bisque head is perfect with no cracks, chips or hairlines. Her large soulful dark brown eyes contrast with her pale skin to produce the most charming appeal. Her antique human hair wig could be original. It is truly fabulous, reaching down in long curls to her waist. She has a cork pate and retains her original coil neck attachment. Factory Imperfections: one teensy speckle. Signs of Wear: the slightest nicks to one earring hole. This is a very fine bisque head.
Body: Her original body is marked with the Jumeau sticker, Bebe Jumeau, Diplome d’Honneur. This body was introduced circa 1892. There are no repairs and the finish is entirely original.
Clothes: She is fully dressed in a fanciful two-piece Bebe costume with matching bonnet. These appear to be professionally made of deep red silk, velvet, and assorted trims and laces. The dress is tagged inside, “Galeries LaFayette, Paris”. Underneath, she wears antique matching chemise and bloomers. She has nice heavy socks of two-tone red. One original shoe carries the Bee Symbol, which was introduced by Jumeau circa 1892, and the other shoe appears to have a replaced sole.