Montag, 19. März 2012

JOSEPHINE BAKER - HALF DOLLS

Josephine Baker (Freda Josephine McDonald) was born on June 3, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a dancer, singer and actress and one of the biggest stars of the Paris Music Halls. She was given such nicknames as “Bronze Venus”, the “Black Pearl” or the “Créole Goddess”.

Josephine Baker started her career as a chorus girl in an African-American revue in Philadelphia and also appeared at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the 1920s she was hired to work on the New York musical comedies Shuffle Along and The Chocolate Dandies, but her big break came when she went to Paris in 1925 in La Revue Nègre at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. For her debut at the Folies-Bergère, she wore a belt of bananas and sang ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’. As one of the first black international stars she performed regularly at the Folies-Bergère and the Casino de Paris, as well as on numerous foreign tours.    
Josephine Baker died aged 68, on April 12, 1975. 

Please read more on WIKIPEDIA at :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Baker 


... and to be seen on YOUTUBE: Josephine Baker`s famous BANANA DANCE at the Folies-Bergère


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This half doll representing JOSEPHINE BAKER was made by Fasold & Stauch of Bock-Wallendorf/Thuringia. A similar doll is illustrated in an original old catalogue of this Thuringian porcelain manufacturer. The doll in the catalogue is marked with incised number *7797*, while the doll in my photo bears the incised number *7794* (size: 7.4 cm/3" in height). The doll was made in two sizes with two different mold numbers, *7797* measures 5" in height. Half dolls representing Josephine Baker are coming rarely up for sale.


This figurine is in fact a half doll, not a full figurine. Both, the doll and the brown legs are sewed to a pin cushion, which is hidden under her original old bast skirt. The half doll legs with silver painted shoes are molded to a white porcelain base with an egg-shaped container (can be used as flower vase, for brushes, pencils or whatever). Her hair is painted in silver. The doll is identified as being made by Gebr. Heubach (Bros. Heubach) of Lichte/Thuringia. Height of the figurine is 16 cm/6.3". The figurine is very scarce, particularly in this complete and "all original" condition. (THANKS, DANNY!)

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