I have not been posting because I was in the midst of purchasing a new home and then moving and unpacking. But as things have settled down and I am settling in, I will try to restart my bi-weekly posts. This nubile nude reclines on her original box, which is padded and covered in golden brocade. Her original light brown mohair wig is adorned with a fringe of fine golden-brown feathers and her pink slippers have molded, but undecorated, straps. Her graceful hands are exceptionally delicate and detailed. Of excellent bisque, this luscious lass is 5.5 inches long. There are no visible marks. One wonders what sort of elegant treat or treasure once resided in this beautiful box!
On the bottom of the box is round gold and white paper label reading "Gump's 268 Post St. San Francisco." Gump’s started in San Francisco as a frame and mirror store in 1861, a partnership between Solomon Gump and his brother-in-law, Davis Hausmann. Gump subsequently bought out Hausmann's interest in the firm and in 1871 was joined by his brother Solomon, the business becoming "S & G Gump: Mirrors, Mouldings, and Paintings." As newly minted millionaires from the gold rush started shopping for fancy goods to furnish their new mansions, the Gump brothers began to specialize in lines of fine quality luxury goods. Following the San Francisco earthquake, the Gumps had to rebuild. In an advertisement from the June 12, 1909, edition of "The Argonaut," S & G Gump Company extended a "cordial invitation to the public to visit them at their new quarters at 246-268 Post Street." Although most sources I found refer to the location as 250 Post Street, I have come across references to the 268 Post Street address up through the 1930s. This helps date this beauty on her box to the early 1900s. Operating under the motto, "Good taste costs no more," the store became known for its carefully curated offerings of luxury goods and was particularly renown for its collections of Oriental art and antiques. In 1995, after losing its lease, the store moved to 135 Post Street. Gump's filed for bankruptcy in 2018 and closed its store on December 23, 2018. However, in December of 2019, Gump's was reborn at the 250 Post Street location.
Although she has long lost the bottom of her box and whatever label it may have had, this 3.5 inch tall voluptuous bisque belle came from the same source. She appears to be from the same maker as the lounging lady, with the same finely-sculpted hands and pink slippers with molded, but unpainted, ties. Her box lid is covered in almost identical golden paisley brocade. The long reddish-brown mohair wig appears to be a replacement, but she retains her original skirt of embroidered tan, reddish-brown, and gold fabric trimmed with tarnished gold lace. She also carries no visible marks.