1880s Italian Wood Mannequin 64 Inches Tall

This is a nice realistically carved lay figure from the late 19th Century. All the fingers and joints are articulated. The feet are carved as a single unit and beautifully done. It is becoming almost impossible to find figures of this size. At 64 inches tall (plus the stand) this is considered life size. The finish looks to be original. It has all the parts and is complete. Two of the fingers were repaired at one time with a couple of unmovable joints. The base is early and works well but not original to the figure. There is a wonderful book on the subject of these rare models called "Silent Partners" by Jane Munro, "The Mannequin, or Lay Figure, was a ubiquitous presence in artists' studios from at least the Renaissance, but its use was rarely explicitly acknowledged in paintings, drawings or sculpture until the nineteenth century. Indeed, it comes as a surprise to realize that many of the greatest artists used models of this kind from Michelangelo and Titian to Poussin, Gainsborough, Degas, Courbet, The Pre-Raphaelites and Cezanne." It makes you wonder what the full history of this example could be. We will include a copy of this book with the mannequin.... Was $16000... Now on SALE at $12000

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