We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
Rare 1800s Articulated Artists Mannequin Lay Figure
These figures are very hard to find|recently there were expositions held of these items in the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge and the Musee Bourdell in Paris. This particular figure is made in England|we found this one in a castle on the island of Wight where she (Yes she is a she.) has stayed ever since|according the information she was made around 1870-1880|she was custom-made for the previous owner|probably one of a kind! It cost a small fortune and a lot of time to make such figures in those days. This figure is in excellent condition and still has its fabric body and "suit" as you can see in the pictures this is extremely rare to have these complete. The skeleton has all these stunning details and is almost anatomically correct|it has detailed hands with hinged fingers|the craftsmanship of the wooden parts mixed with the metal is amazing. All the hinges are made out of iron. On the knees there is even leather involved. Every part can be moved|the head has three hinges so it will be able to move to every direction. The arms|elbows|legs|knees|feet|hands are hinged and can be moved in all directions. The hands are complicated with many parts. It even has cubits which move along by turning the arms. The head is made out of solid wood and the attached ears are made out of leather. The round ribs took some skilled craftsmanship. Because of all the hinged parts the skeleton can be easily posed. The "body" is made out of different layers of fabric|cottons and horse hair. Also included is a custom-made museum quality display stand. As mentioned before the skeleton is in excellent condition|nothing is missing except one finger. A thumb. 56 in.Hx18 in.Wx12 in.D $16,500