Description: Rare, early wax over papier-mache Bebe by Schmitt & Fils, 14.25 inches. This is an advanced collector doll with an important early place in the development of the French bebe. I found her on a buying trip in Europe from a Parisian dealer. This is the forerunner of the highly valued round face bisque doll of this company circa 1880. She has an 8 ball-jointed body with straight wrists. Her bright very expressive blue glass paperweight eyes are inset.
Marks: the body has the Schmitt & Fils stamp on the bottom of her characteristically square-edged derriere
Clothing: She wears a burgundy silk dress and hat trimmed in lace, made by a talented Russian seamstress. It is appropriate to the doll and the period. Handmade antique socks and shoes that have different silver buckles.
Condition: minor wear and marks to her head and body that are usual for these early attempts at unbreakable (incassable) dolls, but overall good condition for her age and rarity.
Rare Earliest Round-face Bebe by Schmitt & Fils 14.25”
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