Dolly the Well Done Lamb

The predictive story of Dolly (taxidermy, replica)

After World War I ended, there were lots of dressed up (sheep) sculptures(1) to be found at the sideshows. They were created to remember the Dolly Sisters after they moved from the USA to France. The Dolly Sisters were very populair twins, socialités, dancers and singers at the Ziegfeld Follies, the seductive glamour they brought on stage abroad was highly missed in the US of A. Hence the creation of numerous well done embellished dressed up sheep. These taxidermies or statuettes were often covered in faux pearls.(2) to copy the sisters original outfits, designed by a.o. Paul Poiret.

note: the choice for faux pearls is clear: these beads were at the height of fashion in those days. On the other hand why they used sheep remains a mystery.

(1)Bonhams Auctioneers, Demetre Chiparus, lot #78, 2012 (2)Mimi Berlin’s Evolutionairy Extravaganza.

Lamb, 2013. Mixed media (1970s porcelain, signed Goebel W Germany 43, 1950s/1960s/1980s beads & gold filled metal, 1980s