French Bisque Brown-complexioned Bébé

Name: French bisque brown-complexioned Bébé

Made by and When: Attributed to Jumeau, late-1800s to early-1900s

Material: Bisque socket head, brown composition and wooden jointed body

Marks: 3. 12 ½”

Height: 12 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black wig over cork pate; brown paperweight eyes, eyeliner, painted lashes, feathered black brows; pierced ears, open mouth, upper teeth

Clothes: New pink silk dress, white cotton camisole and pantalettes, white shoes

Other: “In 1845, Pierre-François Jumeau created a doll making company in Paris that became a standard by which other doll makers would be measured in the young industry… in 1872 he opened a porcelain factory in Montreuil to make doll heads. His son Emile-Louis was responsible for the company, and the younger Jumeau hoped to change the doll market as his father had. Emile-Louis recognized how much little girls liked dolls that looked more like them than like grown women so the Jumeau firm introduced Bébé Incassable in 1877 with Jumeau-made heads on fully articulated composition bodies” (Scoop).

This is a lovely example of a petite size 3 doll attributed to Jumeau circa late 1800s to early 1900s.

Gallery (Images and description courtesy of and Frasher’s Doll Auction.)


“Pierre-François Jumeau’s Dollmaking Business.” Scoop,


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