Doll News Spring 2014 - (Page 32)

Early Jumeau Bébés: Part Two Premier * First Series Portrait * Second Series Portrait I By Becky Ourant Photographs by Andy Ourant am pleased to present Part Two of the Jumeau article that appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Doll News. Part One focused on Portrait and Premier Bébés, the earliest child dolls Jumeau produced starting in 1876 and continuing through the early 1880s. Part Two will continue the story of the evolution of this groundbreaking Bébé as it developed from the late 1870s into the 1890s. Beginning with an unusual early Portrait doll marked E.J., I will follow the progression through the remaining pressed bisque Bébés up to and including the poured bisque Tete Jumeau Bébés. Bébé Incised E.J. Only 22-inch Portrait Jumeau Bébé incised EJ only, her face shape and decoration are identical to the Size 4 Portrait. She is wearing a maroon satin couture dress. Her pressed bisque head is incised EJ with no size number. 32 SPRING 2014 As the Bébé Jumeau's popularity escalated and competition increased, it became important for the factory to clearly mark their products. After their Gold Medal award at the Paris Exposition in 1878, the bodies were stamped with the Jumeau Medaille d'Or on their lower back. The heads were primarily marked with just a size number. The first two examples in this article are from this early period, but their heads are incised with early Jumeau marks. The first is a rare marked 22.5-inch Bébé incised on the back of the head simply E.J., with no size number. This pressed bisque Bébé conforms to the same standards as the First Series Portrait Bébé. Clearly made from the same mold as the early portrait Bébé, this doll has almond cut eyes with dark mauve eyeshadow, a square jaw line, full cheeks and a delicately painted mouth. This early Bébé does not resemble later dolls with E.J. marks. The lack of a size number is also very unusual. Her composition and wood body is the earliest style with eight separate ball joints and very large hands. I have examined only one example of this type of doll, so it is difficult to speculate the purpose of the trademark. Because the doll

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Spring 2014

From the Editor
UFDC Officers and Regional Directors
President's Message
Conference Calendar
Welcome Newer Members
Fundraising Committee Report
Shared Passions - 2014 UFDC Convention
Tasha Tudor + Dolls = Enchanting Art
Early Juneau Bebe Part II
My Dear Hitty
A Capital Affair 2013 Antique Competitive Exhibit Part II
A Capital Affair 2013 Modern Competitive Exhibit Part II
A is for Annabelle - the story of a doll
Annatasha - A Paper Doll
A Visit to the Coleman Collection
Unending Delight - Tasha's World of Dolls
A Capital Affair 2013 Special Exhibit - The Four Seasons of Sandra Sue
A Capital Affair 2013 - Beautiful Boys, Gorgeous Girls - Asian and American BJDs
All About Lavinia Loring, A French Fashion Doll Reprinted from THE LETTER, Volume 3, Number 1, Summer 1983
Life before TV - UFDC Region 1 Conference
Christine Crocker - The Pastoral Dollmaker
Capturing the Classics - The Classic Plaything Collection of Wendy Lawton
The Story of Marjorie Tudor
Behind the Scenes - Regional Director Training
Isn't It Romantic
In a More Romantic Time - A Paper Doll
I is for Inspiration
Judging Dolls in UFDC Competitions
Club Notes
Reviewing Resources
Region Director Candidates
In Our Memories
News & Notes

Doll News Spring 2014