Sharon Hope-Weintraub, an American bathing beauty collector and renowned author of the book "BAWDY BISQUES & NAUGHTY NOVELTIES" just posted two very interesting figurines in her blog at:
The amazing figurines are from a series of scarce harem figurines by William Goebel of Oeslau / Bavaria. Sharon shows a sultan, who is smoking a pipe, and his black servant, a Nubian boy. One of his harem ladies lives in Germany and is still waiting for him (.... or any other sultan as far as he is made by Goebel). Doesn`t this sound like the story of Romeo and Juliet? Two lovers who can never live together.
The harem lady is not a half doll, but a gorgeous Goebel bisque figurine.
The lady is just observing her flawless complexion in the mirror. Her brown turban is made of cloth and is still all original with two little metal plates sewed to the right and left side. A metal half moon is sewed to the top of the turban. The lady retains her original brown mohair wig and her original dress. The necklaces are not original. Her molded loincloth with painted jewels, similar to that of the sultan, is hidden under the skirt. The figurine is marked with an incised number "1773.", height is 11 cm (4-1/3").