Early Danel & Cie,
Paris Bébé doll, 27" tall, bisque socket
head doll, paperweight eyes, lightly painted upper & lower
lashes, feathered brows, lightly outlined lips, pierced ears, composition jointed body.
The Danel & Cie Company was founded by Messieurs Anatole Danel
and Jean Marie Guepratte located in Paris and Montreuil-sous Bois, France. Danel was a past director of the Jumeau doll
company, which had a factory across the street from one
another. In 1890 Jumeau successfully sued Danel & Cie for
copyright infringement. By 1895 Danel et Cie went out of business and
Jumeau, probably as part of the settlement, renewed their Paris Bébé and Bébé
Français trademarks and continued with their own
production of the doll.
Danel & Cie are best know for their bisque socket head dolls,
eyes, feathered brows, pierced ears with wood and composition jointed
Bébé, Bébé Français and a black Bébé Français, all of
which are high quality. Guépratte registered the trade name Bébé
Danel & Cie used an identifying symbol
of an Eiffel Tower doll mark; Tété
Déposé Paris Bébé, B # F or BGF.
The French term Bébé = dolly or baby faced doll.