References and Supplies Required For
Oriental Bru Jne 7
ORIENTAL BRU JNE 7 by Bru Jeune (Henry Chevrot 1883-1889)
The Bru Book by Francois Theimer
Rare Character Dolls by Maree Tarnowska
The Exotic Doll As Art by Stuart Holbrook
Bru-Puppen by Lydia and Joachim F. Richter
SUPPLIES REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ORIENTAL BRU JNE 7:
MOLD: Seeley's SO58 Bru Shandele II with S9197 Shoulder Plate Mold and AL9103 Arm/Leg Mold (20" tall finished) The original Oriental Bru's were done in size 7 which was a 20 inch doll.
PORCELAIN SLIP: Seeley's Lady White
BODY: Chevrot Style Leather Body
EYES: Paperweight Glass size 18mm
WIG: Head Circumference 10 3/4" wig size: 10/11
CONES:Junior Cones - 6, 018, 019: Witness Cones - Self-Supporting Cones 5,6,7 and 017,018, 019, 020
(Please note: All china paints, media and brushes are from Seeley's. It is recommended that you use these products to achieve the results as portrayed here. All supplies are available from Stanec's Dolls Ltd.)
PAINTS and MEDIA REQUIRED:
ABOUT THE MANUFACTURER
1867 - 1883 - The company was founded, owned and operated by Leon Casimir Bru under the name of Bru Jeune et Cie. It was first located at 226 rue St. Denis, which also was his residence.
1883 - 1889 - The Company was sold to Henri Chevrot who developed the Third Generation Face and the patented wooden lower legs for the Chevrot articulated leather body. This time period is often referred to as "the Golden Age of the Bru Bebe".
1889 - 1896 - the company was under the directorship of Paul Eugene Girard.
1897 - 1889 - The company was operated by Eugene Frederic Gerard, son of Paul Eugene prior to being absorbed by the SFBJ company.
The Bru company under it's various owners was always in the forefront of design of quality dolls. The earlier versions were of lady dolls of a particular beauty - the most familiar of which was known as "the Smiling Bru" due to her Mona Lisa-like smile. Other models produced by the company were the Bru Brevete, the Circle Dot Bru, Bebe Teteur, Bebe Gourmand, Bebe Modele, a doll on a fully articulated carved wooden body, and the most familiar Bru Jne model (the Third Generation Face), on the articulated leather body. The Bru company also produced a rather unique two-faced doll.
Full research of the Bru doll is available from The Bru Book By Francois Theimer published by Theriault's Gold Horse Publishing
ABOUT THE ORIENTAL BRU JNE 7
The Oriental Bru appears to have been made on special order, and not as a regular stock model. There are few examples of this doll, and the ones I have been able to find in my research all appear to be made using the Model #7, a Third Generation Face. Research in The Bru Book indicates that this doll was first produced between the years of 1883 and 1889, while the company was owned by Henri Chevrot. This is based on the fact that the dolls all have the lower wooden legs which were patented by Henri Chevrot.
In order to reproduce the doll today in the same size as originally created, I am suggesting the use of Seeley's Mold S59. This is the make-down size of the Bru Jne 11, and creates a Bru that is 20 inches in size - the original size of the Oriental Bru Jne 7.
All the examples available for research, with the exception of the red-costumed Bru in Rare Character dolls, appear to be dressed in a similar fashion. The kimono is from the same pattern, varying only in the fabric used. The red kimono is of a different design and appears to be newer in condition, suggesting that it is a replacement costume. The underwear on the dolls is the same muslin pantaloons, chemise and slip of the French bebe. No allowance is made for Oriental customs. There is a variance in the footwear of the dolls, as some examples wear slippers and what appears to be a knitted sock, while others wear a form of sandal and socks made of some netting, probable crocheted.
Without examining the dolls personally, it is difficult to state for a certain fact what fiber was used to create the wigs on the dolls. High resolution examination of the photos suggests that human hair was the fiber of choice, however, it could also be a very high quality mohair. Either would be acceptable to use in making the wig for your doll for your own satisfaction, or for entering in competition.
To view the Painting Technique Sheet for the Version of Oriental Bru Jne 7 you wish to complete, please click on the photo.
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