Hand made marionette depicting a male footman. It was manufactured and operated in Melbourne by Alex and Murray Smith, who performed as part of Le Forgeron Marionettes from 1930 until 1956.

Physical Description

Marionette depicting a very tall footman. He wears a gold coat with black trim and a floral (brown, yellow, peach, orange, green and white) waistcoat with three black and gold buttons down his front. Around his neck he wears a lace cravat. His green pants finish just below the knee, and his calves have been painted yellow. The footman's black shoes have been painted on and his green, felt soles remain intact. His clothes remain in good condition. The footman's face has been heavily painted and he has very ruddy cheeks and a wrinkly forehead. There is little cracking to the facial paintwork, but his nose is chipped. His plastic yellow eyes, with black pupil have been set into his head. He has retained most of his long, curly, white hair which is tied into a plait at the back. The footman has a three piece mechanism. There are operating strings attached to numerous parts of him, including his head, limbs and shoulders. The feet have been weighted

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