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As the Victorian era passed into the Edwardian and Roaring Twenties, a market developed for bisque and china bawdy novelties and figurines of women in revealing outfits. Although now most of these figurines seem more coy and cute than ribald and risque, in their time they symbolized the casting off of the perceived restraints of the Victorian era.

These little lovelies included bathing beauties, who came clad in swimsuits of real lace or in stylish painted beach wear, as well as mermaids, harem ladies, and nudies, who were meant to wear nothing more than an engaging smile. Also produced were flippers, innocent appearing figurines who reveal a bawdy secret when flipped over, and squirters, figurines that were meant to squirt water out of an appropriate orifice.

Most were manufactured in Germany from the late 1800s through the 1930s, often showing remarkable artistry and imagination, with Japan entering the market during World War I.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bathing Beauty of the Day; Day 2

Ms. #350 is a 5 inch tall china woman on chamberpot. Her dark blonde hair peeks out under a flowing light blue scarf and there is an opening on top of her head. Other than the scarf, she is dressed in a pale blue corset, white ruffled knee-length bloomers, black stockings and low-heeled slippers. Delicately painted and well modeled, she is of fine German quality, but there are no marks.

She has a salacious secret, because the bottom of her chamber pot is open, revealing her bare buttocks.

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