Portrait Jumeau Doll

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Description of Doll for Sale

I am pleased to have a fantastic second series portrait Jumeau Bebe doll. The doll is 21 inches tall and was made in France by Jumeau between 1878 when the mark on the body was first used up to about 1880.  The head does not have the typical Jumeau spring attachment.   Jumeau didn't get a French patent for the spring mechanism until 1881 which confirms the early date on this doll. The Portrait and Premier Bebe were discontinued in 1883-1884. The doll comes with a replacement French human hair wig and an antique hand sewn slip.  She also has a pair of vintage oilcloth shoes and socks and modern earrings.

Around 1877 Jumeau made their first Bebe doll which they named Bebe Incassable. There were two versions of this doll called Premier and Portrait. The two versions shared the same head mold, body and paperweight eyes. The portrait version was the deluxe model featuring more detailed face painting with eye liner and eye shadow and more finely painted lips and eyebrows. The portrait versions also had much higher quality clothing and shoes. This Portrait Bebe's head has the desirable separately molded and applied ears. She is on a loose (unattached) 8 ball jointed composition and wood body with original finish. The doll has the Jumeau human form paperweight set glass eyes. I have restrung the doll and all the joints work smoothly and she holds a pose nicely.

Head Mark



body mark

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On the earliest Jumeau dolls the head only has a size mark and did not employ the artist "tic" marks seen on latter Bebe's. The body stamp usual includes Jumeau but on this doll Jumeau has been scratched out.  This usually means that the doll was sold to a French store that applied a paper label with their own name where the Jumeau mark was usually seen. The paper label is long gone. 

Condition of Doll for Sale

The bisque head has been lighted and is perfect with no chips, cracks, rubs or repaint.   The body has its original finish with no crazing, repairs or repaint. The antique clothes are in good shape with no foxing, stains, rips or repairs.

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 The edges of the body joints have wear and paint chipping typical of a body almost 140 years old.  (see pictures). You can click the pictures to see close-ups of the condition. The feet have some paint chipping and splits of the composition structure of the toes.  There is also some paint chipping on the body.  The hands have paint wear and chipping and cracks that may indicate the fingers have been broken and re-glued.  See pictures in slide show. 


This is an antique doll that will have some wear and imperfections expected in an antique or vintage doll.  I make every effort to describe all significant flaws in my descriptions and show them in the pictures.  Please read the description fully and examine all the pictures to be sure you understand the condition of the doll.  The pictures can be enlarged to show the doll in great detail.  If you have any questions or would like any additional information on this doll please email me and I will be glad to answer your question.  California residents are responsible for California Sales tax in addition to the purchase price shown.

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Availability: In Stock

Cost Price: $5,000.00 Shipping & Insurance: $125.00 Doldrum: #340

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Terms and Shipping

The shipping charge includes packaging, insurance and tracking information.  Dolls over $500 will require a signature when they are delivered. I sell and ship only to the continental US (no Alaska and Hawaii).  I often ship by UPS so the shipment must be to an address (no P.O. boxes).

All items are guaranteed to be as described on this page regarding condition, attribution and attire. If you purchase something from me and feel it is not as represented on this page please contact me by phone, email or postmarked letter within three days of receiving the item and I will gladly refund your full payment excluding shipping fees.  To get a refund the item must be returned in it's original condition and with all garments and accessories. If you do not contact me within three days of receiving the item, it is understood by both the buyer and the seller that the item is as described and a return privilege is no longer available.