Follies Bergere Josephine Baker

Artist:Unknown
Date:1930s
Medium:Hand Painted Composition Figural Display
Dimensions:20" x 11 1/4"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Advertising Display
Price:$2750.00
Above: Full view of hand painted composition figure
Above: Detail of the topless Follies star
Above: Josephine Baker photographed in banana skirt in 1927

A large and very rare hand painted composition figural advertising display of Josephine Baker in her legendary and scandalous banana skirt. The international sensation made its debut in the 1927 Follies Bergere show titled "Un Vent de Folie" and became Baker's signature costume. Likely French in manufacture, this is an antique and original burlesque era surviving advertising document, we have never seen another example and are certain few were manufactured and even fewer have survived.

Above: Another view
Above: Back view
Above: Bottom of composition figurine
Above: Detail
Above: The banana skirt
Above: The lovely Josephine Baker as she appeared in 1926


 

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