These Black bisque beauties, clad only in their clinging chemises, are part of a scarce series by Schafer and Vater. The delectable dark-skinned damsels in this series have glowing coffee-colored complexions, ethnic features, and sharp detailed modeling. Both these ladies are unmarked. The buxom belle clutching her bosom is 4 inches high and her wide-eyed companion is 5 inches tall.
Another of the series, this coy cutie is 5 inches long and marked only with a freehand “43.”
This 5.5 inch long lass strikes a more bawdy pose as she gestures to her ample and shapely bottom. There are no marks.
Posing with a pink piglet, this Black beauty is incised underneath with Schafer and Vater crown mark and “3530.” She is 5.5 inches long and 4.5 inches high .
Although this cutie has coffee-colored skin and black tresses, she is not part of the previous series. The mold is from another series by Schafer of blonde chemise-clad ladies in black stockings. She lacks the ethnic modeling of the previous ladies and it appears that the decorator just simply gave the standard white model darker skin and black hair. In fact, she even has blue eyes! Next to her is the more typical belle in this black-stocking series.
As the Victorian era passed into the Edwardian and Roaring Twenties, a market developed for bisque and china bawdy novelties and figurines of women in revealing outfits. Although now most of these figurines seem more coy and cute than ribald and risque, in their time they symbolized the casting off of the perceived restraints of the Victorian era.
These little lovelies included bathing beauties, who came clad in swimsuits of real lace or in stylish painted beach wear, as well as mermaids, harem ladies, and nudies, who were meant to wear nothing more than an engaging smile. Also produced were flippers, innocent appearing figurines who reveal a bawdy secret when flipped over, and squirters, figurines that were meant to squirt water out of an appropriate orifice.
Most were manufactured in Germany from the late 1800s through the 1930s, often showing remarkable artistry and imagination, with Japan entering the market during World War I.