This early French fashion print shows a "Femme en Robe à la Polonaise." This style, with a fitted bodice and the back of the skirt drawn up into swags, was popular in the 1770s and 1780s. Thieme certainly seems to have based his belle on this early print, substituting a footstool for the stone and a tiled floor for the grassy lawn. As these prints were made to appeal to wealthy women of fashion, it is unlikely that this lady's pose was originally meant to titillate. It was instead a creative way to show the style of shoes and stockings worn to accessorize this elaborate outfit. However, when Thieme translated the paper print into porcelain in the late 1800s, the intent was certainly to entice. . . .
. . . . especially as the bustle was hinged to lift up and reveal both the lady's blushing bare buttocks and a rather bold brown beetle.