Hand made marionette depicting a Spanish nobleman. 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 Spanish nobleman, who is wearing a black shirt made from a satin-type fabric, which has a few small holes in it. Around his waist he wears a wide sash which has also been wrapped around his neck and down his front. This has been made from a stripped, woven fabric in navy, turquoise and orange. The Spaniard wears purple pants and has black, painted feet. He is missing the felt sole on his left foot, the other is in good condition. Overall, the Spaniard's clothing has survived well. There are several chips in his facial paintwork. His moustache and hair are largely intact, although starting to peel off in parts. Alternatively, his eyebrows have shed a substantial amount of hair. The Spaniard has plastic green eyes with black pupil. He also has a mechanism with many operating strings attached to numerous parts of him, including his head, limbs and shoulders. The feet have been weighted

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