RARE & FABULOUS FRENCH BEBE BY THE FIRM OF JULES STEINER. She is an early example, circa 1889, with fine early features including pressed bisque, beautifully arched and feathered eyebrows, stunning bulbous blue paperweight eyes, fine decoration of the bisque, and lovely antique blonde mohair wig. This size 20 was the largest size Figure A made by Jules Steiner. The French Bebe wears an amazing couturier pink silk dress with exceptional detail including lace trim embellished with pink silk ribbon. She wears an extremely elaborate bavolet bonnet with extraordinarily fine detail.
She is ready to place in the finest of collections! 33 JULES STEINER Figure A Bebe, Size #20, featuring an early pressed bisque socket head with beautiful quality bisque, stunning bulbous blue paperweight eyes, arched feathered eyebrows, finely painted upper and lower eyelashes, dot accents at the inside corners of the eyes, shaded and accented nostrils, closed mouth, shaded and accented lips, luxurious and full antique blonde mohair wig over cork pate, and on the original stamped Steiner wood and composition body (the body has been repainted, but the original Steiner stamp on the body is visible).
The doll measures 33-34 tall. She has a lovely early face with perfect facial features. The eyes on this bebe are especially beautiful and captivatingthe eyelashes are long and the bulbous paperweight eyes are a beautiful shade of blue and have much depth. The quality of the molding and the decoration of the bisque are exceptional.She wears a very lovely silk couturier dress which features lavish antique original pink silk and is adorned with beautiful lace and silk ribbon trim. She wears an antique slip, antique pantaloons, old knit socks, and leather shoes with detailed stitch-work design. She also wears a very elaborate antique original French bavolet bonnet which has extraordinarily fine detail and is wonderfully coordinated with the dress! The quality of the bisque is superb with excellent modeling and very delicate facial decoration.
I have lighted and black-lighted the bisque head and the bisque head has no damage and no repairs. There is a very slight chip at the pierced earring hole on the right ear. The body is in overall excellent condition with repainted finish and a couple of fingers repaired/reglued. The couturier silk dress and bonnet, undergarments, socks, and shoes are in overall excellent condition. FIRE A 20 (incised on back of head).
The doll will be professionally packed in a strong box. The item "34 Steiner Figure A French Bebe Doll, Couturier Dress & Bonnet, Perfect Bisque" is in sale since Saturday, August 17, 2019. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\French". The seller is "webantiqueshop" and is located in Manhattan, Kansas. This item can be shipped to United States.