Galluba and Hofmann
A very generous collector in Germany shared with me this copy of a page from the catalogue of Galluba and Hofmann, one of the finest makers of bisque and china bathing beauties.
This wonderful matron with her strongly modeled and expressive features is a beautifully sculpted portrait of a more mature bathing belle. She is pictured in my book, Bawdy Bisques and Naughty Novelties: German Bathing Beauties and Their Risqué Kin. She is also pictured on the catalogue page on the second row from the top, third figurine from the left (a similar version is on the bottom row). The catalogue page not only confirms that she is from Galluba, but that she is indeed all original. This very scarce beach bubbe is 5.5 inches long and 4.75 inches high. There are no visible marks.
Pictured on the top row in the upper left corner, this lovely lady is all original, except for her wig. She is 5.5 inches tall and there are no visible marks.
This bare bisque beauty, perched on a large china lobster, seems to be deep in thought. Maybe she is wondering where she get a bucket of melted butter. The same pair is pictured on the catalogue page in the second row from the bottom, second figurine from the left. My little lass has lost her bathing suit to the years, although she has retained her original mohair wig. The 2.75 inch tall bather is incised "407C.e." and her 6 inch long lobster is incised "9937" and stamped with the Galluba shield mark.
Another seaside siren on a shellfish steed, which also carries a stamp of the Galluba shield mark. Of excellent china and beautifully decorated, this figurine is pictured on the second row of the catalogue page, third from the right. This piece is 4.5 inches tall.
"Betaubender Duft" -- dazing(?) scent. "Beim Aufsstehen" -- when awakening. "Nadelkissen" -- pincushion. "Perlenkled" -- beaded dress. "Rittlings" -- astride. "Schmetterling"-- butterfly "Sonneblum" -- sunflower. "Sekt" -- sparkling wine.
Schafer and Vater
In my newest book, Bawdy Bisques and Naughty Novelties: German Bathing Beauties and Their Risqué Kin, I attribute many figurines to the German firm of Schafer and Vater. Schafer did not mark many of its products, so I based my attributions on comparisons of unmarked figurines to marked Schafer items, as well as certain modeling characterics typical of Schafer's unique style. Thanks to the generousity of a fellow collector in Germany, who sent me copies of some Schafer catalogue pages, I can now confirm that some of the figurines I attributed to Schafer were definitely made by this company.
One image of a pin dish from the catalogue. . . .
and two similar versions, top and bottom, pictured in Illustrations 34-017 and 34-018 on page 164. Neither is marked, but then, where could you put the mark without marring the design? The larger flipper is 3.25 inches high and the other 3 inches.
The catalogue only pictures the front of this flipper. . . .
but I know it is a flipper, because both sides are pictured in Illustrations 34-021 and 34-022 on page 166. The 6 inch tall flipper, like so many Schafer items, is unmarked. There is also a slightly smaller and less detailed version that appears to have been made by another Germany company copying the Schafer design.
However, she has a risqué secret, as demonstrated by an example in my collection, for when she is flipped over, her bare bottom is exposed to view. Of sharp bisque, she is 3.75 inches long and is unmarked.
The caption on this piece in the catalogue states, "A Very Fine View." The caption is typical Schafer humor, indicating that not only are the young ladies enjoying a scenic lookout, the observer behind them is treated to an equally fine view.
Ernst Bohne Söhne