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Galluba & Hofmann Bathing Beauty, Original Wig, Folded Hands
This exceptionally lovely nude 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 gracefully folded hands to her slim legs and soft curves. Her gorgeous face is decorated in typical Galluba style, with one stroke brows, sultry intaglio blue eyes outlined in black, large black pupils, red lid lines, and full softly smiling parted coral lips. On her dainty feet are molded white ballet-type bathing slippers . She has her original brown mohair wig. A similar figurine is pictured on my book, "Bawdy Bisques and Naughty Novelties: German Bathing Beauties and Their Risque Kin" on page 31. Originally, she once wore a risque bathing suit of silk net and ribbon, but the years have long claimed her outfit; however, with a face and figure like this, who needs a swimsuit!?! She approximately 3.25 inches long and 3 inches high. She has beautiful rosy bisque and is incised "406 R" on the right buttock; Galluba used a 400 series of geschmachsmuster numbers for its bathing belles (geschmachsmuster or G.M. means that the model number was registered with the German government). Think how lovely this lissome lass would look lounging in a dollhouse boudoir or on your shelf. There are no breaks or repairs; there are two small oval rough patches, each about the size of a pea, on her left hip; these are actually the remains of fingerprints left by her original artist (no doubt she is absolutely made by hand!). There is also a tiny air bubble, about the size of a pin hole, on the inside of her right thigh, and a tiny bit of dark slag, again about the size of a pin hole just above her right breast (it is hidden behind her hands). These minor factory flaws, which would have been covered by her bathing suit, do not distract from this dainty damsel's ample charms (but do attest to her age and authenticity!).
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