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 Musée Bourdelle in Paris held exhibitions last year. These are understood to be created by the French artist François-Pierre Guillois and date from the late 18th century. To date there are only four examples that are known to exist. This is the only diminutive example standing at 51″. The mannequin is made of wood of various species including oak, beech and burr walnut. It’s built around a clever skeleton of wood peg and ball joints and metal fasteners which can be posed in a multitude of ways. The fingers of the hands are made of brass and articulated, the distal phalanges including the thumbs are carved. The toes are schematically by a single phalanx. It also includes the original floor Stand for posing. The condition and finish is amazing. An interesting added note to its provenance. This model was acquired from the estate of veteran Disney artist Ralph Kent. Mr. Kent was one of the select few known to be “The Keeper of the Mouse”, who was responsible for keeping the look and integrity of Walt Disney’s most famous creation… SOLD