Harlequin Marionette, Richard Barnard

Harlequin Marionette, Richard Barnard

Harlequin Marionette
Richard Barnard
Carved and painted wooden marionette
Late 19th Century
England
Museum no. S.720-1990

Carved and painted wooden marionette of Harelequin with a  black woolen fabric mask. His upper arms and waist are of  stuffed calico, his hands and lower arms are carved in one  and his hands are painted with lovely detail. He also has  carved detail on his ears. His thighs are jointed to his calves,  and his calves to his to feet - they are painted as with white  stockings and black pumps. He has real hair at the back of his  head and a carved and painted moustache. His costume is in  cream, brown, green, organge, sage, purple, black and gold  triangles edged with sequins. He has a leather belt, a lace  jabot trimmed with  pink ribbon and lace at his wrists. He has  two knee strings and two hand strings and one string above  each ear - fixed to a wooden three bar control.