A charming and interesting figure, it dates from 1880-1890 and originates from Paris.
Many individual and unusual items used to aid in needlework were produced during the late nineteenth century. Figural pieces were especially popular during this period.
The figure is cast in a very heavy metal with a dark black/brown finish. The base is circular and stands on three little feet. A raised, decorative band slopes upward to the top pedestal; the pedestal is scored to have the appearance of tiles. The gentleman (who resembles Polichinelle or Punch) appears to be a valet, lantern in one hand whip for the horse in the other.He has a ruffled collar, boots and a two corner hat. He has the lantern outstretched as if he is awaiting an arriving carriage. The lantern swings from his hand. A brass basket attaches to him with a fine wire. It is gilded and has the texture of old wine baskets. There is a little cushion at the top covered in crimson velvet.
The piece measures 5" tall, the bottom stand 2 3/8" in diameter, the basket 2" tall and 1 1/4" wide across the top. It is in very good antique condition.
The free-swinging lantern adds an extra bit of personality to this special little piece of needlework history.
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