Mannequin Attributed to Francois-Pierre Guillois, Late 18th-Early 19th Century
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Mannequin Attributed to Francois-Pierre Guillois, Late 18th-Early 19th Century

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There hasn't been much information regarding this particular type of lay figure, indeed these are exceptionally rare, until fairly recently since the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and The Muse´e Bourdelle in Paris held exhibitions a few years ago. These are understood to be created by the French artist Franc¸ois-Pierre Guillois and date from the late 18th-early 19th century. The joint details are his signature. To date there are only small number of examples that are known to exist. This is the only diminutive example standing at 64 inches. The mannequin is made of wood of various species including oak, beech and burr walnut. It also has the original cork panels laminated to the wood. The cork is almost never there. It's built around a clever skeleton of wood peg and ball joints and metal fasteners which can be posed in a multitude of ways. The joints can all be tightened or loosened to pose and lock in place. The fingers of the hands are made of iron and articulated; the distal phalanges including the thumbs are carved in walnut and jointed. The toes are schematically by a single phalanx. The hands are complete with no missing fingers. Also included is the original hand painted papier mâché head. The head does have a rough patina with lots of character. The mannequin is definitely small woman.

Details

  • Creator
    François-Pierre Guillois (Artist)
  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    H 64 in. x W 14 in. x D 7 in.H 162.56 cm x W 35.56 cm x D 17.78 cm
  • Seller Location
    Peekskill, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU883817075501
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