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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.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Last of the Toothsome Toothpick Tootsies

This will be the last post on the series of sensual sirens attached to green precolored bisque toothpick or match holders, all apparently by the same mystery maker.    Ms. #389 appeared earlier on this blog.  Of sharp bisque with excellent modeling and decoration, this 5 inch tall literate lovely is incised “5513" between the back legs of her chair (Ms. #440 is marked "5516" and Ms. #504 is incised "5193," further supporting the supposition that they were indeed by the same company.) Once there was a green jasperware container of some sort attached to the right side, but now only two bits of green bisque remain.  

Whoever the manufacturer was, the company seems to really liked women and wine.  Ms. #534 carries a big bubble of bubbly,  while her sister holds out her wine glass to be filled. These two buxom imbibing belles from my blog posting of December 4, 2011 both pose by precolored bisque containers shaped like champagne corks.  The beauty in blue holds up her champagne flute to a rosy cheek, while the other in orange pours herself a drink. 

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