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  • £375.00
  • €446 Euro
  • $484 US Dollar

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Early 20th century gesso over pine and articulated puppet

A very cool example of a folk-art gesso over pine and metal early 20th century articulated puppet of a skeleton figure. This figure does not stand alone and would originally have numerous cotton threads attached to each limb to animate its movement. The ribs are made from thin metal cut sheets and the rest of the figure has gesso/plaster over carved pine sections. An articulated lead weighted bottom jaw would have allowed the mouth to open and close.

Dimensions in inches: H 12” x W 4” x D 2”

Age: Early 20th Century
Origin: English
Condition: Aged

This item shows natural wear and aging through obvious use over the years. all surface areas are faded, snuffed with a natural loss of plaster shown. The loss of plaster is across the hands and feet mostly with some toes just showing wire. The puppet moves freely but doesn’t stand alone (stand not included). Please bare into consideration this is a fragile material old item that has been used a lot.

Over in very presentable conditions considering its age and obvious use. Without breaks or missing sections, a rare example with full set of dominos. All close-up photos show the items detail as best possible in natural photographic lighting.

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Item Info

Seller Location

Essex, London


First quarter 20th Century

Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Essex, London

Item Location

United Kingdom

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+44 (0)7568 151752