Jumeau Dolls have won the hearts of many young girls and doll collectors. They have expressive faces with unique detailing and are dressed in the finest outfits. They carry the essence of French doll-making and continue to be high in demand. Originally made in the 1840s by Pierre Francoise Jumeau, these dolls evolved from papier mache to porcelain.
The specialty of Jumeau, the company’s name, was to create dolls with bisque heads. They not only made child dolls, or “bebes,” but also French fashion ladies or “poupees.” Jumeau Dolls are highly valuable and cherished for their craftsmanship, detailing and sheer beauty.
During the late 19th Century, France became a leader in producing fashion dolls and the Jumeau fashion ladies were no exception. These dolls were actual ladies with a feminine figure and fashionable clothing that were inspired by trends of the time. Their womanly bodies were covered with stylish outfits, shoes, hats and accessories that were ideal for the time. Today, doll collectors across the world cherish Jumeau French Fashion ladies for their elegance and timely characteristics.
While the Jumeau French Fashion dolls brought major success for the company, the Jumeau Child Dolls brought a whole new type of fame. Since their creation, Jumeau child dolls are what allowed the company to become more well-known. They were initially created in 1870 and almost every child in Europe had one. These dolls have bisque heads with glass eyes, elaborate eyebrows and adorable mouths.
The earliest Jumeau dolls were made of papier mache, but the company began producing them using porcelain. After the 1860s, these dolls began having bisque heads which is unglazed. The French fashion dolls either had kid bodies, cloth bodies or wooden bodies. The bisque dolls are generally made with composition bodies.
To know whether your Jumeau doll is authentic, you will find either a marked number or stamp on the body for the fashion dolls. The Jumeau child dolls will have a E.J. mark on the back of the head. People all over the world continue to collect Jumeau dolls as they are becoming more and more rare. Those with original costumes and mint bodies are the most valuable ones. Jumeau Dolls are a significant part of the history of doll making and make great additions to a toy collection for their exquisite beauty and sophistication.