Rare Early 1800s Male Mannequin by “Francois-Pierre Guillois”

This rare male full size mannequin is attributed to Francois-Pierre Guillois, late 18th/early 19th century. 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 MuseĢe Bourdelle in Paris held exhibitions a few years ago. To date there are only a few examples that are known to exist. This is a male example standing at 68". Hidden beneath the original fabric skin and horse-hair padding is a clever hand-made skeleton of wood peg ball joints and metal fasteners. Even the fingers are jointed in iron, brass and wood. The body can be posed in a multitude of ways. The toes are schematically by a single phalanx. It also includes the original floor stand for posing. The condition is amazing and still includes the paper-mache head, body exterior, hand wrapping and stand. Every example we have found is hand-made and a bit different in the wood structure design. Included a picture of another mannequin skeleton we owned years ago so you can see what type of woodwork is often hidden under the fabric. It's almost impossible to find examples tis complete. 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.... $12,000

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