This charming marionette depicts the character Pulcinella, the “everyman” character of the Neapolitan commedia dell’arte. The character was popular in Italy, and spread across Europe, though as the commedia dell’arte was not as popular outside Italy he was known to most Europeans as a puppet. He is known in France as Polichinelle, and in England was the basis for Mr. Punch of the popular Punch and Judy puppet shows.
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This Pulcinella has a painted composition head attached to a body made of a single thin wooden board, which is covered in paper. His arms are cloth, with painted wood hands. His legs are wood wrapped in paper, with painted wood feet. He is on a curved wire, which protrudes from his head through his attached hat. Brown strings run from near the end of the wire to his hands and feet in order to control his movements. He stands at 21.5” tall.
Pulcinella wears a blue and white outfit, newly custom made for this marionette from antique materials. His baggy shirt has a white-on-white grid pattern, with mismatched polka-dotted sleeves; the right is blue with white dots, and the left is white with blue dots. His pants are the same pattern as the sleeves, with the colors alternated. Around his neck is a blue ruffle with a floral pattern. On his head is his original brown pointed hat, which is glued directly to his head, and his black mask is painted and molded as part of his face, with the hooked nose and warts characteristic of Pulcinella. His original all-white outfit, also characteristic of Pulcinella, is included with the marionette.
Condition: Generally very good. His has minor and expected age wear. His lips may have been retouched, and are now missing some paint. His current costume is made with antique fabrics, and was recently custom made following the exact pattern of his original costume. His original costume has expected age wear and some patching. He is a wonderful example of a popular puppet show character, and an excellent piece of history.
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Wonderful 21.5" Pulcinella Marionette/Puppet with Original Strings