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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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bathing Beauty of the Week

A coy cutie, Ms. #470 stands 8.5 inches tall.  She has her original mohair wig and her legs are tinted dark gray to resemble stockings.  This lithe lovely certainly belongs on a pedestal!  By Galluba and Hofmann, such standing sirens are scarce.  Not only were they expensive to make and assemble, their slender legs and slim ankles are weak points, and many of her sisters no doubt broke off of their bases over the past century.  There are no marks.

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