Monday, January 18, 2010

Carved Ivory 19th century Napoleon-era rod puppet pops up on Ebay

Today in my Ebay alerts I received notice of an interesting carved bone or ivory rod puppet with glass eyes the vendor thinks depicts Napoleon or a Napoleon-era gentlemen  - although with the grimace on his face he doesn't look too gentle!  The hair style is not the typical style Napoleon is shown wearing so I think it must be a French Revolution character like Robespierre or perhaps the notorious executioner Henry Sanson.  The vendor thinks the puppet was produced during the French Revolution or Napoleonic Empire in the late 1700s or early 1800s.

The puppet's ebony or rosewood hat fits over a peg carved on the top of the puppet's head.  Although the rod is new, the vendor believes the rest of the puppet is original.  It measures 9.5 inches from the top of the 3" high hat to the lower hem of the cape.  I love the facial detail!

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