In 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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Bru Jne R French Bisque Socket Head Doll,
impressed "BRU. JNE. R 14" to back of head, with fixed blue glass eyes, painted eyebrows and eyelashes, painted pink partially opened mouth, pierced ears, glued down brown ... [more like this]
BRU JNE 7 FRENCH BISQUE SOCKET HEAD DOLL
with kid jointed body bisque arms wooden legs brown fixed eyes closed mouth pierced ears long curly brown hair. Marked Bru-Jne 7 at base of neck. Length 19'' in red satin ... [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]
BRU FRENCH BISQUE HEAD DOLL, Bru, Jne & Cie,
before 1899, socket head with strawberry blond wig, brown fixed glass eyes, closed mouth; painted eyebrows and lashes; pierced ears; kid body having wood lower legs, bisque ... [more like this]
French Bru Bebe Jne No French Bru Bebe Jne
No. 10 bisque socket head and shoulder plate doll, the delicately hand-painted face decorated with feathered eyebrows, blue paperweight eyes, painted eyelashes, closed mouth, ... [more like this]
French Bru Jne #6 Doll
Circa 1880's. French
socket pressed bisque head and shoulder plate doll. Pale bisque. Brown paperweight eyes. Brushed brows. Closed mouth with tongue. Pierced ears. Blonde human hair wig. ... [more like this]
Bébé Bru Jne Bisque Head Doll Bébé Bru
Jne Bisque Head Doll, Paris, 19th century, the socket head with inset brown eyes, pierced molded ears, and closed mouth, on a leather body with jointed bisque arms and composition ... [more like this]
SPECTACULAR BRU JNE BEBE. 24” (62 cm).
Incised on back of head “BRU JNE 9”, incised on left shoulder “BRU JNE”, and on right shoulder “9”. Swivel neck and bisque head on bisque shoulder plate mounted ... [more like this]
Bru Jne Bebe with Wardrobe France, ca. 1885,
pressed bisque socket head on bisque shoulder plate with molded breasts, incised on head and shoulders Bru Jne 7, stationary blue paperweight eyes with light mauve eye shadow, ... [more like this]
Bru Jne Bisque Head Doll, Paris, 19th century,
the socket head with inset blue eyes, pierced molded ears, and closed mouth, with a bisque shoulder plate and jointed arms, leather body, and composition legs, head impressed ... [more like this]
Desirable Circle Dot Bru Bébé Doll.
hand-pressed bisque socket head incised with Circle and Dot symbol and “Bru Jne 5” on shoulder plate with molded breasts incised Bru Jne No. 4. (light speckling, nose ... [more like this]
AFTER BRU JNE BISQUE SOCKET HEAD GIRL DOLL
marked Bru Jne #10; having blond wig fixed brown glass eyes closed mouth painted features kid jointed body with bisque arms and feet. Height: 16. ... [more like this]
Sweetest French Bru Bébé Doll.
socket head incised “Bru Jne 4” on head and bisque shoulder plate with molded breasts, a transition model with the Brevete face (hairline runs from corner of eye slanting ... [more like this]
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