Antique Dancing Doll Carved Wooden Folk Art Articulated Figure
This is a wonderful old carved wooden articulated or jointed figure, referred to as a "dancing doll, ""jig doll, " or limberjack. His face is terrific, with black painted outlines around the carved eyes and large triangular nose, and then that top hat! I believe he once had hands, now missing, and there is a nail that has been replaced on the joint of one knee, but everything else seems to be in place. I believe he dates from the late 19th or very early 20th century. Attached to his back is his original wire and wood handle, which is what one would hold to make him dance.
He is held by the hips and suspended in air by a newer stand terminating in a metal base--it would just take a little loosening of the wire around his hip in order to take him down safely. Overall, this piece is in very good condition and structurally very sound; there is a little wear to the wood around the hips where he is held, as documented in photos.
He measures 9 1/8" tall; 13 5/8" tall with stand. The item "Antique Dancing Doll Carved Wooden Folk Art Articulated Figure" is in sale since Sunday, May 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Folk Art & Indigenous Art".
The seller is "criticaleyefinds" and is located in Ipswich, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Size: Medium (up to 36in.)
- Region of Origin: united States
- Style: Folk Art
- Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
- Material: wood
- Quantity Type: Single-Piece Work
- Date of Creation: 1800-1899
- Type: Sculptures & Carvings
- Features: on stand
- Width (Inches): 2.75
- Color: brown
- Subject: Figures
- Originality: Original
- Height (Inches): 13.65