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Rare Belsnickel Squeak Toy

Auction:
2476
Lot:
68
Sold for:
$3,851$3,250

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Auction:
European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2476
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
October 10, 2009 11:00AM

Description:

Rare Belsnickel Squeak Toy, Germany, c. 1870, papier-mache standing figure with painted and molded red costume, grotesque molded facial features including large nose and chin with painted warts, wearing a rattan basket on his back, holding a molded papier-mache child with a bare bottom, being disciplined with one articulated arm holding a whip, atop original wood and leather bellows with working squeaker, ht. 6 in., (very good).

Note: Belsnickel is a Christmas character of European derivation. He is derived from early pagan myths designed to keep children in line, coupled with Christian stories of St. Nicholas. This squeak toy is a rare form depicting an unusual Christmas character.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

very good

Keywords

Germany, whip, painted warts, St. Nicholas, Belsnickel, Christian folklore

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