Jumeau Bébé Dolls 1841-1899+ French
Pierre-François Jumeau (1811-1895) originally partnered with a man named Louis-Désiré Belton (1805-1846) to form Belton & Jumeau in 1841, by 1845 the partners dissolved the business and went their separate ways.
In 1872 Jumeau finished building it’s own porcelain factory in Montreuil. Second son, Emile-Louis Jumeau (1843-1910) and his wife Ernestine Ducruix began taking over the business in 1874, the transfer was completed when his father retired in 1878.
In 1899 Jumeau became a member of SFBJ – Société Française de Fabrication de Bébé & Jouets until its demise in 1958. Many of Jumeau’s dolls are considered works of art. Click photos to enlarge.
Some antique Jumeau Dolls Types: Almond eyed bébé Jumeau, 1893-1898 bébé Jumeau Phonographe or bébé Jumeau Lioregraph; inventor Henri Lioret, marked phonographic parts HL, B.L. Bébé, Bébé Chartres, Bébé Vrai Modele, E.D. Bébé (produced while Emile-Michel Douillet was director 1892-1899), E.J. Bébé, E.J.A. Bébé, great Ladies Series, Jumeau Character bébé, Jumeau Déposé Bébé, Long Faced Triste Bébé, (sad facial expression), Multi Faced Bébé Jumeau, Parisiennes (kid bodies with bisque heads), Portrait Bébé, Poupée Bois, Poupée de Mode (Lady Doll of Fashion), Premiere Bébé, Princess Elizabeth Jumeau, Second Series Bébé Duet, R.R. Bébé and Tete Jumeau Bébé, 1906 Bébé Madeleine for Aux Trois Quartiers.
Bisque doll heads marked 10731 Mirette by Gebrüder Heubach have been found on marked Jumeau bodies.
Bébé Bon Marche, Bébé Trois Quartiers, Louvre Bébé, Bébé Samaritaine are all dolls attributed to Jumeau, many of which are marked only with a size number and sold in French department stores.
Jumeau bebe doll marks & mold numbers with images. Jumeau supplied some marked bisque heads to Roullet et Decamps walking and mechanical dolls, Leopold Lambert’s automatons with bisque bebe socket heads and unique facial expressions. Jumeau also purchased bisque heads from German doll makers Gebrüder Heubach, Gebrüder Kuhnlenz and Simon & Halbig, as marked heads have been found on Jumeau stamped bodies.