7 . Automaton
14" (36 cm.) A heavy papier-mache figure Polichinelle with socket head and wire-jointed arms and legs has sculpted and painted facial features,jester cap,costume with traditional front and back humps,and pointy-toe shoes with pom-poms,with decorations continued on the back. Condition: generally excellent,original finish. Comments: French,mid-19th century,possibly Malet-Noret of Paris,circa 1856,the firm specialized in "all sizes of Polichinelles,dressed talking pantins,luxury marottes and actors and marionettes for puppet theatres". Value Points: rare and well-preserved early Polichinelle,along with an early wooden throne chair with original cream and gilt paint.