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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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Bathing Beauty of the Day; Day 23

Ms. #383, admiring herself in her mirror, is a nubile nude by William Goebel.   Of fine bisque, she is 4.25 inches long and 3.25 inches high l bisque bathing beauty.  Her brown mohair wig is a replacement.  She is incised on her pate “739” over “C.” 

Goebel often "tweaked" a model to create a new version.  Here is the same pose with the scarce and highly desirable molded half mask, tinted stockings, and molded heels.  She has the remains of her original floss wig and is 4.5 inches long and 3.75 inches high. There is a freehand black "E" painted underneath.

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