Vintage wooden pair of French dolls, carved and painted primitive marionette or puppets with painted hair and faces. This pair of approximately 9" crudely made wooden puppet dolls are reminiscent of Punch and Judy shows. They appear to be Tchantches and Nanesse puppets or marionettes that were crafted in France and represent folkloric characters from Lièges, meant to be a man (Tchantches) who represented the audience coming to the performance, and his wife, Nanesse. Their faces are simply painted and their features are primitively carved. Torsos and lower legs are carved from wood, (feet are wonderful) while only their lower arms are wood that have been attached by cloth floppily to their torsos. Simply constructed clothing has been nailed to their bodies and sustains discoloration, fading (more notably the male's scarf), and staining. The trousers are simply nailed to his legs and not constructed as "full" trousers over his torso. They are charming in their crude, folk art detailing. The item they're displayed on is not for sale, but easily hang from a rod or hook. Great for a folk art display or perhaps a humorous gift for an upcoming wedding or anniversary.
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