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Original Musketeer Toone Puppet with Certificate

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This fully handmade, characterful Musketeer Toone puppet is still wearing his original period costume in green with pink ribbon highlights. The fabric is in excellent vintage condition. He is wearing a plumed wide-brimmed cavalier hat in felt which has faded in places through exposure to sunlight. The swordsman gloves have a wide paper cuff. The boots are made of a tough, waxed oilcloth type fabric, resembling leather. His rapier is made of wood and with metal handle and tip. The puppet is about 75cm tall with a rigid rod attached to its head, which can be detached. There is no string so its movements are limited. This puppet has been used for decorative purposes. Based in Brussels, the Théâtre Royal of Toone keeps up the age-old tradition of popular puppetry which history dates back to the early 19th century. It was created in response to the closing of all the theatres by the Spanish order. The Spaniards were wary that the theatre would attract nationalist crowds and encourage rebellion. The puppet theatre filled the vacuum, as it could be held in cellars and backyards, thus remaining secret. It became a very popular form of entertainment in the 19th century in working-class areas. Antoine Genty was a renowned puppet-master, who established the Toone dynasty in 1830. Since then, the art of puppetry has been handed down from father to son, or a puppeteer who has been approved by the public. Our puppet dates to the period of Toone VII (from 1966 onwards). His son, Toone VIII, currently runs the company.

Details

  • In the Style Of
    Renaissance
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition Details
    Height incl rod is 130cm
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 29.53 in. x W 13.39 in. x D 7.88 in.H 75 cm x W 34 cm x D 20 cm
  • Seller Location
    Noorderwijk, BE
  • Reference Number
    LU2143312250033
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