Rabery & Delphieu Bebe’s Dolls 1856-1899+ French
Rabery & Delphieu was founded in Paris, France in 1856 by Jean Delphieu and Alexandre Rabery. They began primarily making doll bodies of pink cloth, kid or linen. Bisque heads are poured or pressed, swivel or stationary. By 1876 they also advertised a variety of Marottes.
In 1881 Rabery & Delphieu advertised jointed dolls of all kinds on white or pink kid or wooden bodies, the bisque heads and arms are believed to have been purchased from François Gaultier, dolls found have an open or closed mouth. 1890+ they also produced walking and talking bisque head dolls.
In 1899 under successor Genty, Rabery & Delphieu joined SFBJ and continued producing their beautiful bisque head bébés until the 1930s. Rabery & Delphieu doll trade names are Bébé Rabery and in 1898 Bébé de Paris, doll shoes have been found marked Rabery.
Rabery & Delphieu doll size number chart
5/0 is 11″ tall
4/0 is 12″, 3/0 is 13 1/2″
2/0 is 14″ most common size made
1/0 is 15 1/2″. 0 is 17 1/2″
1 is 19 1/2″, 2 is 22 1/2″
3 is 25 1/2″, 4 is 29″
5 is 31 1/2″