Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Puppet

  • Date:

    late 20th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Papier maché, paint, wood, wool, velvet, lace, synthetic chiffon, beads, velvet ribbon, imitation pearls and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild

  • Museum number:

    S.483-2001

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rod puppet of Dorinda. She has a papier maché face painted with big blue eyes and red lips, and orange-yellow wool hair, on which is perched a red conical mediaeval hat covered with dull gold lace, and from which hangs a length of purple and white striped synthetic chiffon. She wears a bead necklace, a V-necked purple devoré velvet dress with wide green velvet ribbon sash, a pearl brooch in the centre of her bodice and lengths of purple and white striped synthetic chiffon hanging in Mediaeval fashion from each sleeve. A central wooden rod for operation from below is attached to the head and there are two metal bars ending in wooden handles fixed to each wrist to control the arms

Date

late 20th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Papier maché, paint, wood, wool, velvet, lace, synthetic chiffon, beads, velvet ribbon, imitation pearls and metal

Dimensions

Height: 90 cm head to tip of arm rod

Object history note

This puppet, S.482-2001 and S.484 - S.486-2001 were used in the Chelsea Puppet Theatre Group's production of The Secret Well, a burlesque Mediaeval melodrama, staged between 1957 and 1985, when the theatre group was in operation

Descriptive line

Rod puppet of Dorinda, from the burlesque Mediaeval melodrama The Secret Well. Chelsea Puppet Theatre Group. English, late 20th century

Materials

Papier maché; Paint; Wood; Wool yarn; Velvet; Lace; Synthetic chiffon; Beads; Velvet ribbon; Pearls (imitation); Metal

Techniques

Carving; Painting; Sewing; Glueing

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.