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This 18-inch Huret Bebe has a bisque socket head with glass
eyes, original two-piece gutta percha body, bisque hands
and original clothing. The kid band covering the join in the
body is marked "MEDAILLE D'ARGENT, HURET, 22 Boulevd
Montmatre, PARIS, EXPON UNIVERLLE 1867.

THE HURET COMPANY POST CALIXTE

The ownership of the Huret company changed
multiple times over the years, although it always
retained the Huret name:
1850: Adelaide Calixte Huret
1857: Ste Huret Sisters
1864: Huret et Lonchambon
1867: M. Lonchambon
1873: Mme Vve Lonchambon
1880: A.F. Lemoine
1889: M. et Mme Carette
1902: Mlle Prevost
1931: Mme Lazarsky
The Prevost era is of particular note, as this is
when the Huret Poupee evolved into an Art Doll for
adults. Magnificent fashions were made for the Prevost
dolls. There were eight different head molds, most
came with painted and glass eyes. The heads are of
variable quality but the early (pre-WWI) heads can be
exceptional. See the article in the spring 2020 DOLL
NEWS for a lovely example.

The address of the company also changed over the
years. Given the address was printed on the collarette, it
can be useful in dating a doll:
1837-1851: 2 Bld des Italiens
1852-1882: 22 Bld Montmartre
1883-1904: 34 Bld Haussmann
1904-1932: 68 Rue de la Boetie
So that is the story of the Huret doll - a doll that broke
the mold and took the doll world off in a new direction.
And what a direction it turned out to be - first, French
fashion dolls then French Bebes - rightly called "The
Golden Age."
"The HURET Book" by Danielle and Francois Theimer,
published in November 2008, (ISBN number 2-91858-03-0)
tells the story of the Huret doll in much more detail. It has
marvelous photos of the dolls, costumes, accessories, and
furniture. If you are interested in finding out more about
the Huret family and their wonderful dolls, I would highly
recommend it.
Watch for parts 2 and 3 in upcoming editions of DOLL NEWS.
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