18" Wooden Mechanical Figure

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European, early 19th century. 18” (46 cm). Three manual movements. The carved wooden figure with gesso finish under hand-painted detail is constructed in three parts: head, body, and right arm. His sculpted head with defined beard and moustache, and sculpted fancy hat, has glass movable eyes. His costume is a gala of colors representing a 17th century cavalier. His right arm is hinged and his right hand is cupped for holding. The man stands upon a wooden base that hides a simple push/pull mechanism that allows the man to nod his head back and forth (causing his eyes to turn to the side) and his right arm to raise and lower.
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