Com, and trip it as ye go,
On the light fantastick toe.
John Milton, L'allegro (1645)
This terrific twosome tripping the two step was made by Hertwig and Company. Of excellent bisque, these dancing damsels are 5.75 inches and are unmarked.
Here they appear in the Hertwig catalogue, where they are listed as "Two Step." Their colorful outfits are covered with flocking, giving the appearance of velvety fabric. Hertwig described this treatment as "mit irisierendem, seidenartigem, überaus farbenprächtigem" (with very colorful iridescent silk). Flocking is fragile and wears easily, as can be seen on these girls' gowns.
There seems to have been an Edwardian fascination of figurines of lovely ladies doing the daring dances of the day. This curvaceous couple has appeared previously on this blog. Of excellent china, this 8 inch tall figurine is by Galluba and Hofmann and is incised "9039" underneath.
Galluba appears to have been inspired by this postcard by Spanish artist Luiz Usabal Y Hernandez (1876-1937).
These bisque belles have also previously appeared on this blog. They are clad in gowns covered in glitter, described in German catalogues as "flitter gold." This figurine is 5.25 inches tall and incised “Germany 8918.”
They were also copied from a Usabal postcard.