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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Bolton MA
August 23, 2008 10:00AMCalender

Incised Jumeau Bisque Bebe

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2419 Location: Bolton Date / Time: August 23, 2008 10:00AM


Incised Jumeau Bisque Bebe, marked Depose Jumeau 7 and red painter's mark A7, with open/closed mouth showing white line between lips, fixed honey-brown paperweight eyes, light brown brows, pierced ears, original curly blonde mohair wig (reworked onto modern cotton cap), jointed straight-wrist papier-mache body with "Mamma / Pappa" pull-string voice box, original finish and blue ink-stamp Jumeau Medaille d'Or, Paris on the back, in peach taffeta dress, white lawn undergarments, straw hat, white lace socks, kid shoes and white rabbit fur muff, ht. 16 1/2 in., (tiny piercing chip on left ear, some paint wear on legs, voicebox partially functioning, with both beads and one string detached).

Provenance: From the family of her original owner, Esther Smith. Esther was born in Northern Ireland, but spent much of her life on Elm St., in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Estimate $3,000-4,000

Even coloring, head appears free of damage when lit, tiny chip left earring hole, costume has not been removed but body finish appears original.


red painter , Paris, Esther Smith, original owner , Massachusetts, Brookline, Northern Ireland