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 1896 Jumeau appears to have taken over
producing Danel et Cie bébés, probably as part of the settlement, they renewed the Paris Bébé and Bébé
Français trademarks and continued with their own
production of the dolls, through to joining SFBJ after 1899.
Danel & Cie are best know for their bisque socket head dolls,
eyes, feathered brows, pierced ears with wood and composition jointed
Bébé, 1891 Bébé Français and 1892 black Bébé Français of
which they are the earliest reference to producing bebes of this type in
France, all of
which are high quality. Guépratte registered the trade name Bébé
Danel & Cie identifying doll marks; 1889 symbol
of an Eiffel Tower; Tété
Déposée Paris Bébé, B # F, BGF, E 1 D, E.8.D, E 5 D Dep France, doll
shoe mark a star symbol initials DLGRC Paris, DEPOSE.
The French term Bébé = dolly or baby faced doll.