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BRU JNE BEBE DOLLIn its relatively short few decades of existence around the end of 19thC, Bru Jne & Cie of Paris, France, produced some of the most desirable and collectible dolls, most prized of which are their Bisque kind. Summarily referred to as simply Bru Dolls by those who love and collect them, they always fetch very high prices at auction.

Although the company later merged with SFBJ [Societe Française de Fabrication de Bébé & Jouets] until 1958, the Bru Dolls that remain the most collectible are those created during their formative years. Many re-issues of their original models were sold based on their reputation and of course were imitated by many other companies & designers.

There were various types of dolls produced by Bru Jne & Cie, with the main three categories being Poupée de Mode meaning Fashion Lady Doll, Bébé Bru for Baby dolls and the classic Bru Doll. The first two kinds were made primarily of Bisque - see our article on types of porcelain - whereas the last type was mostly of composition body. Not all Bru Bisque doll heads were made at their own facilities, a sizable amount were subcontracted to other factories.

Founded by Leon Casimir Bru in 1866 as Maison Bru, the company was acquired by Henri Chevrot in 1883, who actually then named the company to its now well-known brand of Bru Jne & Cie. By 1889, the company had a new owner, Paul Girard, who expanded the range of designs, and it was during that period that most open mounth Bru doll models were created. Here is an extensive and informative article on the history of Bru Dolls and the many periods & designs that characterized its evolution.

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  • DEP BISQUE HEAD FRENCH BEBE DOLL, socket
    head having black human hair blue glass sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth, painted features, and pierced ears; composition body stamped Medaille d'Or, Paris. Head marked ... [more like this]
  • FRENCH DEP BISQUE HEAD BEBE DOLL, socket
    head having black human hair blue glass sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth, painted features, and pierced ears; composition body stamped Medaille d'Or, Paris. Nicely dressed. ... [more like this]
  • DEP Tete Jumeau Bebe Doll. Description France/Germany
    Ca. 1900. Bisque socket head incised DEP with Tete Jumeau stamp. Blue sleeping eyes (real upper eyelashes missing), open mouth with four upper teeth, pierced ears, replaced ... [more like this]
  • Tete Jumeau Bebe Doll. Description French,
    Ca. 1890. Bisque socket head incised 4. (black speck on cheek). Dark eyebrows, blue paperweight eyes, painted upper and lower eyelashes, open mouth with four molded upper ... [more like this]
  • TETE JUMEAU BEBE BISQUE SOCKET HEAD DOLL
    on ball-jointed composition body, arms and hands, mohair wig, fixed brown eyes, painted features, closed mouth, pierced earrings, c. 1885. Nicely dressed. Marked on back ... [more like this]
  • BRU JNE 3 FRENCH BEBE DOLL, bisque socket
    head with blond hair wig, fixed blue glass paperweight eyes, closed mouth, finely painted eyebrows and eyelashes, pierced ears; bisque shoulder plate and lower arms, kid body; ... [more like this]
  • FRENCH TETE JUMEAU BEBE BISQUE SOCKET HEAD
    DOLL c. 1879-1899 having long brown wig fixed blue paperweight eyes closed mouth painted features pierced ears ball jointed composition body nicely dressed. Marked in red ... [more like this]
  • Jumeau Bisque Bebe Doll. Description French,
    Ca. 1900. Bisque socket head incised "10" with red Tete Jumeau stamp (hairline on forehead), paperweight eyes replaced human hair wig, open mouth with 6 upper teeth, jointed ... [more like this]
  • Tete Jumeau Bebe Doll. Description French,
    Ca. 1890. Bisque socket head incised 10. Dark eyebrows, blue paperweight eyes, painted upper and lower eyelashes, open mouth with six molded upper teeth, pierced ears, cork ... [more like this]
  • Tete Jumeau Bebe Doll. Description French,
    Ca. 1890. Bisque socket head incised 10. Dark eyebrows, blue paperweight eyes, painted upper and lower eyelashes, open mouth with six molded upper teeth, pierced ears, cork ... [more like this]
  • Jumeau Bisque Bebe Doll. Description French,
    Ca. 1900. Bisque socket head incised "10" with red Tete Jumeau stamp (hairline on forehead), paperweight eyes replaced human hair wig, open mouth with 6 upper teeth, jointed ... [more like this]
  • Gaultier Bebe Doll with Gesland Body France,
    ca. 1880, pressed bisque socket head incised block letter F.5.G, closed mouth with molded tongue, blue paperweight eyes, finely painted brows and lashes, pierced ears, light ... [more like this]
  • JUMEAU FRENCH BISQUE HEAD DOLL, socket head
    with curly blond wig and cork pate, brown fixed eyes, open mouth with teeth, painted features, pierced ears, jointed composition body, nicely dressed. Marks: back of head ... [more like this]
  • JUMEAU FRENCH BISQUE HEAD DOLL, socket head
    with blond wig, blue fixed paperweight eyes, open mouth with teeth, painted features, pierced ears, ball jointed wood and composition body, neatly dressed. Marks: back of ... [more like this]
  • Pretty French Bisque Child Doll. Socket head
    incised “Eden Bebe H Paris” with multistroked eyebrows, blue paperweight eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, closed mouth, pierced ears with earrings, original mohair ... [more like this]
  • ETIENNE DENAMUR BISQUE HEAD BEBE DOLL, #13,
    socket head with blond wig, having large blue paperweight eyes, closed mouth, heavily feathered brows, pierced ears, on jointed composition body. Head marked E13D, Depose. ... [more like this]
  • 22” E 10 J JUMEAU BEBE. A doll restorer’s
    dream! This fine Bebe on a straight-wristed marked Jumeau body has a fair amount of damage to the bisque head, however, none of the facial features will be harmed or covered ... [more like this]
  • Large 1907 Jumeau Bebe Child Doll. Description
    French, Ca. 1907. Bisque socket head incised 1907 14 (rubs on high forehead). Brown paperweight eyes, multi-stroked eyebrows, painted upper and lower eyelashes, open mouth ... [more like this]
  • Lot of 3: German Bisque Dolls. Description
    Germany, Ca. 1900. Bisque socket head incised "C.M. Bergmann", sleeping eyes, original mohair wig, jointed composition body, vintage dress too large, original shoes and socks. ... [more like this]
  • Size 1 Tete Jumeau Bebe with Presentation
    Box France, ca. 1885, poured bisque socket head, stamped Tete Jumeau 1 with artist marks, brown paperweight eyes, finely painted brows and lashes, closed mouth, pierced ears, ... [more like this]

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