This beautiful voluptuous bisque bathing beauty is by the German firm of Galluba and Hofmann, considered by collectors to be one of the finest makers of bathing belles and its lovely ladies are scarce and highly sought after. She is of excellent bisque and is beautifully modeled from her slender arms and slim legs to her supple soft curves. Her exquisite oval face is decorated in typical Galluba style, with one stroke brows, sultry intaglio blue eyes outlined in black, large black pupils with white highlights, red lid lines, and full softly smiling coral lips. On her dainty feet are molded pink ballet style bathing slippers. This lovely lady wears her original light brown wig. Her long lithe legs and slender arms are free from her body. She is incised under her shoulders with what appears to be "407 S." Galluba used a 400 series of geschmachsmuster numbers (geschmachsmuster or G.M. means that the model number was registered with the German government). A similar figurine is pictured on my book, "Bawdy Bisques and Naughty Novelties: German Bathing Beauties and Their Risque Kin" on page 30. She is 3.75 inches long. She has a beautiful pale complexion and is in excellent condition, with no breaks or repairs. There is some roughness on her clasped hands, buttocks, and left heel, where they rested on the kiln shelf. These diminutive factory flaws are visible only on the closest inspection, do not show when she is displayed, and do not distract from her grace and beauty (although they attest to her age and authenticity).
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