This beautiful bisque blonde sits up in her bed, pulling away the front of her nightgown as she appears to search for some object among her bountiful bosoms. Along the edge of her blanket is the incised caption, "Where is the flea?"
Turn her over and the tiny frolicsome flea is seen settled on her bare left buttock. This is a very scarce naughty "flipper" by Schafer and Vater. Note her graceful arms and delicate fingers, very susceptible to breakage in an item that is meant to picked up and turned over. Not only is this piece hard to find, it is even harder to find it in good condition.
However, suddenly there has been a number of these scarce flippers turning up on eBay, all being sold as old and some even advertised as by Schafer. Well, these pieces are neither old or by Schafer. They are modern reproductions by Mundial Company of Belgium (HR2001 under "Baigneuses"). Here is one example.
The quality is quite good, but it does not match the sharp bisque and fine details of the original. The hands are heavy and clumsy, the facial painting lacks the detail of the original, the modeling is blurred, and the colors are harsher. However, unless you are familiar with the authentic antique or have the opportunity to see the original and copy side by side, you could be mislead into thinking this reproduction is the scarce real deal. Like all Mundial pieces, it does not carry the company's mark or any indication this is a new copy.
The bottom view. . . .