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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.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

We'll Meet Again. . . .

We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

1939, Ross Parker and Hughie Charles

When I recently came across this lovely laughing lass, I thought she looked familiar.  By Galluba and Hofmann, she has an exceptionally beautiful face and animated expression.  Her mohair wig is original and she is as large as she is lovely at 6 inches long and 2.75 inches high.  Underneath she is incised "424 V.V."

A close up of her captivating face.  There is even a top row of tiny molded teeth.  Certainly this is not a face to be easily forgotten!

In fact, she has appeared earlier on this blog, at least in proxy.  Here she is pictured in a 1990 Theriault's auction catalog, with the same unusual woven headband.  Now I need to find that handsome hunk of a beach boy she is flirting with. . . .   

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