As delicate as her dress, this lovely little lady layered in porcelain lace is by the German firm of Galluba and Hofmann. Although a mere 3.5 inches long, the facial features of this bisque belle are as detailed as those on her larger sisters, as is her original mohair wig. To create her ethereal finery, real lace was dipped in porcelain slip and draped over the figurine during the greenware stage. When fired, the lace burned away, leaving only the thin porcelain shell. Many dealers and collectors refer to this as Dresden lace, after the porcelain-making area of Germany where the many companies used this technique, although porcelain factories throughout Germany produced such "spitzenfiguren." The airy bathing suit or sundress is beautifully done, using two types of lace; a fine net makes up the majority of the dress and details such as shoulder straps and a bow at the waist, while an eyelet material was used to create an underskirt, as well as to trim the bodice. Sadly, as is so typical of this fragile porcelain lace, there is some damage to the front of her skirt, but it is amazing that so much of her frail outfit is still intact after a century!
Here she poses with two more dainty diminutive damsels from this scarce series.