She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleam’d upon my sight;
A lovely apparition, sent
To be a moment’s ornament;
Her eyes as stars of twilight fair;
Like Twilight’s, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful dawn;
A dancing shape, an image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
Any collector would be haunted, startled, and waylaid by this most beauteous bisque belle. Although her original form-fitting silk dress covers any marks (while caressing every supple curve of her graceful swaying figure), this 6.75 inch tall lovely lady (not including her wood base) is no doubt by the German firm of Galluba and Hofmann. She is clearly related to another waltzing woman pictured earlier on this blog, and they are gowned in clinging Edwardian gowns of the same color of silk. One wonders if she too once had a tuxedoed beau. There are holes in the soles of her molded white pumps for supporting rods. The wood base is a replacement and she may have once had a base of bisque or decorated an elaborate candy box or pincushion.
A close up of her exquisite features. She wears her original mohair wig.