This post continues my exploration of bisque belles by Schafer and Vater and their metallic mates. This beguiling geisha is a bisque flipper by Schafer. Of excellent sharp bisque, she is 5 inches wide and the caption incised along the hem of her kimono reads "The Yellow Peril."
Here is the same flipper in bronze. The modeling is nearly identical to the bisque version, down to the folds in the kimono and the caption along the hem.
She is also a near match underneath, even to the ruffles of the undergarments. This particular flipper has also been found in copper, aluminum, and other metals, but the casting is often of far lower quality, with many of the details blurred or lost.
Again, the question; which came first, the bisque or the bronze? Because the bisque versions are so characteristically Schafer, and the metal maidens so closely copy their bisque sisters, I suspect that some foundry used the original Schafer pieces as models for its molds. I wonder whether this was a partnership between Schafer and a foundry, or pure plagiarism.