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The Cavalier
s.n., [France], 1790. A handsome dandy - of eight parts - sports a blue waistcoat trimmed in gold and a sash of flowers (one part). He is surrounded by his arms with lace cuffs (two parts), his upper legs in rose breeches (two parts), his stockinged lower legs with blue silk shoes with bows and gold trim (two parts) and his jaunty hat with white plumes and red bows (one part).And: THE (CROSS-DRESSING) MAID. Etching on laid paper (leaf 311 x 224 mm.). France c. 1770. A gay young lady - of seven parts - wears a cream dress with a red studded belt and flower chains pinned to her long patterned scarf and to her dress (one part). Her sleeved arms to which flowers are sewn (two parts), her upper legs with stockings tied at the knee (two parts) and her lower legs with gray shoes and gold buckles (two parts) are laid out around her. TWO 18TH-CENTURY HAND-COLORED TOY PATTERNS to be cut out and mounted on limb-shaped pieces of wood or cardboard to make puppets, popularly known in France as pantins. Always ready to dance, engage in high jinks or woo, they were the playthings of children and entertainment for the whole family. When assembled, the Cavalier would stand about 60 cm. (23.5") tall, the more dainty Maid 52 cm. (20.5"). In keeping with contemporary custom, both characters would have been manipulated by males, so she is actually he. A charming couple all the same. In good condition (some surface soiling, two short blank marginal splits in the dandy).
Bookseller: Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, Inc. [Narberth, PA, U.S.A.]
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