Puppet mannequin - Wood, fabric, glass, leather - Early 19th century

Puppet mannequin - Wood, fabric, glass, leather - Early 19th century

"Knight of the 16th century", wooden marionette, Italian manufacture ascribable to the production of the Lupi family, first half of the 19th century. For a comparison, see the last two images of two marionettes ( noblewoman and nobleman) made by the Lupi family dating back to the beginning of the 19th century.

The marionette has a lacquered wooden head and wooden hands. The green satin dress is decorated with gold thread trimmings, as is the cap. The cape has a small tear on the neck. The collar is made of lace. The boots are made of stitched leather and lined with red fabric. They were stitched again at a later time, as you can see from the photos. The eyes are made of glass and there are hooks where the strings for the puppet movement were inserted. Legs bend at knee level.

The red ribbon on the trouser belt and the green ribbon on the cape are not original, they were replaced 40 years ago because the original ones were worn out.

The founder of the Lupi family was Luigi (Ferrara 1768 - Turin 1844), who joined the puppeteer Francesco Jacoponi, his fellow citizen, and together, some time around 1818, they moved to Turin where, in 1823, they became puppeteers and worked at the Teatro di San Martiniano until 1883. Enrico, Luigi's heir, in 1884 left the Teatro di San Martiniano to join the Teatro d'Angennes. The period of great success of the Lupi family, led by Louis III (son of Louis II) and Louis IV (son of Enrico), began; their shows became one of Turin's theatrical attractions, with wide echo in the press. During the Second World War the Lupi lost their headquarters at the Teatro d'Angennes (which in the meantime became the Teatro Gianduia) and were forced into a period of inactivity or sporadic activity, using a basement in Via Roma. A fairly regular recovery of activity took place when they were granted the not-so-happy location in Via Santa Teresa, where a permanent exhibition of the company's historical materials was also set up. Until 1981 the Lupi company was directed by Louis V. He was succeeded by his son Louis VII and grandson Louis VIII. The Lupi family's heritage of theatrical materials (puppets, costumes, equipment, sets, scripts) is certainly one of the richest and most important in Europe.

Lot details
Puppet mannequin
Wood, fabric, glass, leather
Designer/ Artist
famiglia Lupi?
Manufacturer/ Brand
famiglia Lupi?
Model/ Name
Cavaliere del Cinquecento
Estimated Period
Early 19th century
Country of Origin
Excellent condition - barely used with minimal signs of aging & wear
70×25×15 cm
2.2 kg
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