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Nelling, Inc.

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Tete Jumeau

Luxurious Antique Costume

In warm shades of brown and gold, this size 7 Tete Jumeau looks like she jumped off a page from the couturier costume catalogue of Josephine Jumeau.  The deluxe factory frock is a compilation of a brandy plaid silk, ecru lace inserts over ecru silk,  a  caramel colored velvet sash, dark button and metallic cord accents. The high-arched silk chapeau is also antique, and are the undergarments, while the leather shoes are newer.
She has soulful, large brown paperweight eyes, a closed and outlined mouth, creamy bisque and soft shading, pierced ears and she wears a quite convincing, blond mohair tail wig that is of newer vintage, just for that extra look of luxury. Her fully jointed  composition body is faintly marked with the blue " Jumeau, Medaille de Ore" stamp on the lower back and the condition of the original finish is very good, with minimal wear. 

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 Bawo & Dotter Edwardian Lady Doll

From porcelain factories in both Bavaria and Limoges, then imported and sold by Bawo & Dotter in New York, we have an extremely rare bisque head lady doll in the style of the Simon Halbig 1468 or COD 1469.  She has a sublime, heart shaped face with blue glass sleep eyes, an aquiline nose, a small, pursed closed mouth and meticulous decoration of lashes, brows and cheeks.  Bringing five-figure prices at auction, this seldom seen example is a chance to actually own one for much less, due to an expertly repaired head damage.  (please ask for photo)
Her wig is an antique mohair upturned style, popular in this era and she has a fully jointed composition body in the attractive, modern silhouette of the day with shapely bosoms and hips.  On the center of her lower back are remnants of an original factory or store sticker and she has an incised 213/2 mold number/size on the back of her head.  Her daytime dress of cram and black striped silk is from her period of manufacture, 1915, and her hat is a conversation piece in itself, made ingeniously of horse hair. Her black leather, heeled pumps are new.

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Pintel & Godchaux Bebe

Although this enchanting French bebe (15") is only incised with a large "3" on the back of her head, the maker of Pintel & Godchaux rings true in her expression and decoration of features.  A lesser known firm it was. but the dolls they produced had a similar look to later Gaultier bebes and also those of Fleishman and Bloedel.  Her body is quite interesting as it is a five-piece, high quality French composition model with painted metal hands, much like those found on the dolls of Petit et Dumoutier. 
Her blue paperweight eyes are dazzling with her pale, creamy bisque, she has a closed mouth with minimal shading of the cheeks and she has pierced ears.  Her wig is a blond mohair replacement that surrounds her expressive face.  An antique, striped silk, A-line jacket over pleated skirt gives her the silhouette of a Bru bebe, however the garment has substantial melting on the front turquoise blue silk panel and some areas of the rest of the dress.  All displays beautifully with her antique felt hat with ribbon and feather accents.  Antique undergarments and shoes.

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Series C Steiner Bebe

Repair to Head

Unbeknownst to anyone viewing this doll in her habitat, she has an expertly done repair to her head that is undetectable unless pointed out with a light.  Because if this, here is a chance to own a superb French Steiner for less than half the market cost for this model.  She is the early Series C bebe, with huge, blue paperweight eyes, closed mouth, artful facial decoration and shading, translucent pale bisque, pierced ears and an antique blond mohair wig.
Her outstanding, marked Steiner body with early straight wrists and stout fingers has the original paint finish in addition to the "Le Petit Parisien BEBE STEINER" stamp on her front left hip. The hands seem to have some old touch-up. There is just some normal light joint wear and toe rubs.  Her frilly costume, expertly tailored from antique fabric and trim is a delight, combined with her antique, high profile straw chapeau with silk and flower trim.  Her repair does not touch any of her facial area or features, and photos can be requested. Antique undergarments and French leather shoes.

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Pre-Bleuette Jumeau Bebe

All Original

From just before The famous "Bleuette was born in 1905,  we have a late Jumeau bebe that has the cheerful personality and physical attributes of the upcoming star of "La Semaine de Suzette" magazine.  She has blue glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with teeth, smooth, pale bisque with healthy shading, her original human hair russet wig and that "Bleuette" expression that took the young doll market by storm.
She has a fully jointed, French SFBJ body with the usual, partial paint loss that is typical of this period, and the body is faintly incised on the hip with the words "CADE JUMEAU".  What is super special about her is her original, provincial costume that is make up of a tiny blue print dress, trimmed in black velvet, a black, lace trimmed apron, the original Jumeau tag, and she holds her original, oblong basket of market flowers that she has never lost hold of.

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Jumeau  E J  Bebe  (Repaired)

Having an expert, undetectable head repair is this stunning size 6 EJ, standing 16 1/2" tall.  She is truly a delight with her large, brown paperweight eyes, closed mouth, super pale complexion, lush lashes and brows, minimal shading on the cheeks, pierced ears and an antique, blond mohair wig.
She has a chunky, straight wrist, 8-ball Jumeau composition body that has an antiquely aesthetic repaint which is most probably covering the Jumeau stamp on the lower back.  Her antique silk and embroidered cotton frock with antique undergarments has her posed to be the life of the party, especially with her jaunty, upward-brim chapeau made of antique materials.  Cream leather shoes are antique and she wears an old "Bebe" chest pin.  Her repair does not touch any of her facial area or features, and photos can be requested.

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Pop-up Jester Toy

7" Tall (when open)
Mechanical Whimsy

At the base of this woven basket that holds a bouquet of fabric roses and other bulbs, there is a metal button and when pushed, out pops very suddenly, a bisque character head with painted blue eyes, a molded moustache and an open closed mouth with comical molded tongue.  He also has a solid dome with a molded pony tail protruding from the back of the bald head.
Not only does he provide an attractive floral accessory for your dolls when closed, he becomes a comical surprise and conversation piece when launched by the push of a little metal button!  His neck and attachment is covered with an original piece of rose colored fabric, secured all around the head and into the bouquet.  It is so fun to see his head, huddled amongst the flowers. Then, Voila!

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Fre. A Steiner Bebe    The Judy McDonald Collection

Culminating into a winning package of  beauty, quality and style, this Steiner Fre. A bebe (22 1/2") does not disappoint and is a feast for the eyes!  Let's start with her crystal blue paperweight eyes set in large eyecuts that are accented with soft, plentiful lashes and gently colored brows.  She has an open mouth with six teeth that wants to smile and her bisque is like the smoothest vanilla cream with a light rouging all around her cheeks.  Her face is truly a remarkable example for this mold and it is surrounded by long, wavy blond mohair locks.
Her fully jointed French body has the mama crier inserted in the torso and the pull string still works!  The finish is a healty flesh tone and the condition is very good with just some chips of surface paint missing in some spots.  Of high importance is her exquisite antique costume of fine ecru silk with sash and ribbon detail in a grey, powder blue moire silk that matches her grand bonnet, bringing in tones of soft rose silk. She wears antique cotton undergarments and antique dark leather shoes.  From the long-loved collection of Judy McDonald.

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Mon Tresor Bebe      The Judy McDonald Collection

From one of the smaller French doll manufacturers comes this quite lovely bebe (23") called the "Mon Tresor" as she is incised on the back of her head.  She is a product of a doll maker named Henri Rostal, who's business address was located on Rue de Tresor in Paris.  This is a high quality doll with brown paperweight eyes, pale and smooth bisque, fine decoration, an open mouth with teeth and a full wig of sandy brown human hair waves.
Her French composition body is sturdy, being fully jointed and having the more chunky French shape to her torso and limbs.  There is a bit of paint loss on her right forearm and on the backs of her heels, and also some roughness in areas on her lower buttocks.  Looking like she just arrived at a summer garden party, she wears a full, antique white frock with antique undergarments and shoes while she carries a woven shoulder bag full of fun accessories.  From the long-loved collection of Judy McDonald.

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Delightful Candy Container


Featuring a bisque Francois Gaultier swivel head with glass eyes, brown mohair wig and closed mouth, this French decorative confection box is quite the deluxe package. The container is separated at the widest part of the cone and the top can be opened to reveal the empty cavity inside that held the sweet morsels. The cardboard cone is covered with the original ecru silk faille, garnished with layers of lace and streaming silk ribbon.  The condition is excellent!

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Museum Circle Dot Bru Bebe

Acquired from the collection of the now closed, Angel's Attic Doll and Miniature Museum in Santa Monica, CA, we have a 15" Circle Dot Bru of the finest quality and luxurious, original presentation. She does have a fine hairline at the left side of her forehead, coming down from the crown to the brow line, but she displays perfectly and everything else about her makes her so special.
Bulbous, blue paperweight eyes are surrounded by lush and graceful strokes of lashes and brows, she has a closed mouth with molded tongue embedded in between her rose colored lips, eggshell white bisque with the most subtle shading on her cheeks, pierced ears and her original, slightly sparse, pale blond mohair wig.  Her youthful, round head swivels on her artful shoulder plate that has molded, shaded breasts and attached to her leather arms are her roundly posed bisque hands with lifelike details on the nails and fingers. Her body, the early leather gusseted type, is is nice condition, with some minimal patching at the top of her right thigh area, retains its original factory label.
  Her burgundy satin and velvet custome is a multi-layered work of art, with a sleek, A-line satin dress that has smart gathers and pleats, a dramatic, velvet cape with applied glass beads that glisten in the light.  The cape is lined with a luxurious, quilted merlot silk and a matching velvet and satin trimmed chapeau  hugs her head.  Her crisp, starched undergarments have a matching, mini-pleated border, and she wears antique, crocheted socks and brown leather antique shoes.

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Etienne Denamur Bebe

Rare Size 0

A closed mouth E.D. bebe becomes a very special treasure at size 0, and in her original, factory presentation.  She has blue paperweight eyes, her original platinum mohair wig, an her theatrical costume consists of a white organdy dress, spotted with red fiber polka-dots, a matching cone-shaped hat, leatherette French shoes and short socks. Underneath her skirt is an attached, stuffed fabric "bustle" of sorts, to fill her dress!  Her French body is fully jointed, of composition. (She has a factory dimple on her right cheek that is less noticeable in person.) On with the show!

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E.J. Size 7
It's time to bundle up, for this radiant, 16" E.J. bebe, in what is known to be a Jumeau factory, deeply pleated wool coat with oversized and layered collar.  The tan wool edging of the collars is complemented with a fine, striped silk lining. The honey cream satin, antique party dress underneath has it's own bodice tucking and fully pleated skirt that surrounds this girl in luxury.
These soft tones go beautifully with her pale bisque and ash blond antique mohair wig, framing her huge blue, paperweight eyes, deep rose stained, closed mouth and softly shaded cheeks.  At the outside corner of her right eye is a short, reddish firing line, and the same factory irregularity appears faintly on the top of her nose.  Not distracting but worth mentioning.
Her Jumeau marked, chunky, eight-ball body has straight wrists and is in beautiful condition with original finish.  Coordinating with her duty aqua coat is a grand chapeau covered in the same blue and over that like a foamy wave, gathered French lace is attached all around.  Peaking below are her Jumeau  turquoise colored glass bead pierced earrings and along with her antique, multi-layered cotton undergarments, she is the proud wearer of size 7, stamped E.J. shoes!

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