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Image Jumeau bisque fashion doll with accessories, 1870-80

TLF ID M000825

This female bisque fashion doll with accessories was possibly made by Jumeau of France at some stage between 1870 and 1880. It features a bisque head and shoulder plate, kid body and jointed limbs with articulated fingers. The head features blue glass eyes, finely painted facial features and pierced ears. Blonde hair is stitched to the head and styled in a hair net at the nape of the neck. The doll is dressed in a fine cream cotton bodice and skirt trimmed with light brown piping. The bodice features: an open square collar; lace trim at the neck and cuffs; peplum trimming with brown satin bows on the front and back; decorative brown buttons and faux pockets at the back; and a decorative row of brown buttons at the cuffs and at centre front of the bodice. A matching row of buttons extends down the centre front of the apron. The doll also wears knee-length wool stockings with black leather side-buttoned ankle boots with gold-coloured buttons. The doll's accessories include a hat and selection of gloves and muffs, each with a box for travelling.

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  • The doll is a reminder of the lavish presents given to some children in the mid-19th century, and reflects advances in mass production techniques that made bisque dolls more affordable than the earlier wax-headed dolls. The fine detail, particularly the painting of eyes, cheeks and mouth, was completed by hand. Ironically, many of the factory employees who did this work were children.
  • This doll is thought to have been made by the Parisian firm of Jumeau. This company's dolls were noted for their finely painted faces and beautifully made clothes. The company also produced a wide range of accessories for its dolls. This doll may once have had an extensive wardrobe; it still has tiny gloves that have never been worn, a hat in its own hatbox and a feather muff.
  • Pierre Francois Jumeau established his company, 'Jumeau Dolls', in Paris in 1842. He originally made wood or kid doll bodies and doll clothes. In 1867, his son Emile joined the firm. The company expanded and in 1873 began to make bisque doll heads at its factory outside Paris in Montreuil-sous-Bois. Soon after, Emile introduce the 'bebes Jumeau', dolls with fine bisque heads, jointed composition bodies and innocent expressions, whose quality and appeal did much to establish Jumeau's reputation. During Emile's stewardship of the company, it was awarded five gold medals and a silver medal at international exhibitions, including a first degree of merit at the Sydney International Exhibition in 1879.
Topics Fashion Dolls

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  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
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