Bawdy Bisques and Naughty Novelties: German Bathing Beauties and Their Risqué Kin
"... As the Victorian era passed into the Edwardian and Roaring Twenties, a market developed for bisque and china naughty novelties and figurines of women in revealing outfits. These little lovelies include bathing beauties, who came clad in swimsuits of real lace or stylish painted beach wear, as well as mermaids, harem ladies, and nudies, who wear only an engaging smile. Also produced were flippers (innocent appearing figurines who reveal a bawdy secret when flipped over) and water squirters. Most were manufactured in Germany from the late 1800s through the 1930s, often showing remarkable artistry and imagination. ..."
Here's the link to the author's fabulous blog with pix of her amazing collection. Be prepared to drool with desire!
Here's the Antique Trader's article on Bawdy Bisques and Naughty Novelties -- the darling little figurines of mermaids and bathing beauties.