Fairground 'African' Target Head from France

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  • £850.00
  • €1,005 Euro
  • $1,167 US Dollar

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Fairground 'African' Target Head from France

Important example of a late 19th century carved and painted wood 'Jeu de Massacre' Target Head from a Fairground in France. The 'Jeu de Massacre' was a popular fairground target game throughout France where , similar to the Aunt Sally games in England and 'Punks' in America, balls were thrown to knock down the figuratively carved targets- usually prominent local or national figures, politicians, enemy leaders, or foreign or ethnic stereotypes. The wooden target heads were usually hinged on to a shelf or bar so that the impact would knock them over backwards '. The 'African Negro' head is large and has a powerful presence creating an important piece of Folk Art. It shows the markings on the flat back where it has been hinged for the knock-down game.

Measures 16 inches high x 7 wide x 5 deep. In very solid condition with various ancient knocks and imperfections that are now part of its history.. Circa 1880-1920


  • H: 41cm (16.14in)
  • W: 17cm (6.69in)
  • D: 13cm (5.12in)



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A pioneer in decorative antiques, Malcolm has been in the business since giving up law studies and given his passion for French and Mediterranean art and traditions, it seems apt that his London shop/warehouse nestles beside the Eurostar Rail Terminus at London's St Pancras Station.

One of the foremost dealers in naive objects, folk art, fairground carvings and the visually decorative, he is driven by his love for objects that fire the imagination. Renowned for unearthing pieces with a rare magical quality, he sources the original, the one-off and the inspiration for regular long time clients and dealers or for newer contacts seeking either something beautiful for their homes or just the making of a good investment.

A visit to Relic Antiques 'Antique Warehouse' is guaranteed to open a door to a star quality stock. Expect the unexpected, from simple craftsman made pieces, or the flippantly amusing like period shop signs and fairground art, to the more sophisticated such as charming paintings and unusual examples of country furniture.

When in London visit the 'Antique Warehouse' which is located at 133-135 Pancras Road, London NW1 1UN and though normally open late afternoons only (3pm-6pm) on weekdays and 1pm-5pm on Saturdays, it is always worth calling ahead to make sure we are open. Also by appointment. Telephone +44 (0)7831 785059.

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