Le Jouet Champenois (1930) Old Pierre
Pierre is a handsome very hard to obtain Le Jouet Champenois Teddy Bear, circa 1930. Brought in an auction some time ago. Pierre is approximately 18 inches tall, and he is five ways jointed. His head is wood-wool filled and his body and limbs are filled with kapok. His eyes are made of amber & black coloured glass. Pierre is an attractive example of a Le Jouet Champenois bear; with his long slender body with elegant “neck” and slight hump to his back. He is in very good condition for his eighty plus years of age: retaining his original nose/mouth stitching, woven cotton paw & feet pads (some minor discolouration to one paw, no holes), and a good coverage of pale blonde mohair. Emile Thiennot was among the earliest of the French Teddy Bear makers. He initially worked for Marcel Pintel before setting up his own toy manufacturing company in 1919 out of Piney under the name Le Jouet Champenois. In 1920 Thiennot won an award of quality in a teddy bears competition held in his native France. Pierre is a rare bear of pure French class.
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