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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 7, 2019

Burning Golden Eyes

Girl with the burning golden eyes, 
And red-bird song, and snowy throat: 
I bring you gold and silver moons, 
And diamond stars, and mists that float. 
I bring you moons and snowy clouds, 
I bring you prarie skies to-night 
To feebly praise your golden eyes 
And red-bird song, and throat so white.

To Gloriana, Vachel Lindsay (1879 - 1931)

This fascinating flapper with her enticing golden eyes, shadowed in smoky gray, certainly is worthy of praise.  By the German firm of Fasold and Stauch, renown for its lithe ladies with large alluring amber eyes, this beautiful vamp is 5.25 inches tall and incised “8669” on the back. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the pretty poem. It does fit her! Lovely doll.