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French Life Size Articulated Wooden Lay Figure
Possibly used as an artist model, this, now rare, wooden lay figures, have become very collectable.
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France Circa 1912
Item code: 5974
A doll-like model of the human figure, jointed so that it can be given all kinds of poses. It may be anything from a few inches in height to life-size (an example about half life-size that belonged to the sculptor Roubiliac is in the Museum of London). Articulated dolls and marionettes were known in antiquity, but the first description of an artist's lay figure is given by Filarete in his Treatise on Architecture (1461–4). Although Vasari mentions a life-size wooden model made by Fra Bartolommeo, early lay figures were mostly small and were called manikins. Some 18th-century portrait painters used a life-size figure, completely jointed and covered with fabric. They could arrange the costumes on it and work on that part of the picture in the absence of the sitter. When Millais painted The Black Brunswicker (1859–60, Lady Lever AG, Port Sunlight), the models for the two lovers—with Victorian decorum—posed separately, embracing a life-size lay figure.