Item/Description: Vintage 1979 Kurt S. Adler matador/bullfighter (OR waiter/food server) & fruit/vegetables bowl wooden figural Christmas tree ornament/holiday decoration.
This charming young matador handcrafted three-dimensional figural ornament is meticulously detailed. He is dapperly decked out in his bullfighting costume. Atop his head is his black velveteen matador hat, which is decoratively adorned with gold sequins and an applique flower. He is holding in his arms a wooden bowl of fruit/vegetables (for sure one of the items is an orange carrot, while the other red item is either a tomato, apple or persimmon).
He might alternatively be a restaurant waiter/food server as opposed to a bullfighter, but his tricorn hat is what led us to believe him to be a matador.
Age/Period: Vintage - 1977 (1970s)
*Original paper label contains the date 1977.
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: His original transparent label is still affixed to his back side and reads: “© Kurt S. Adler, Inc. 1979 Taiwan R.O.C.”
*The young man is hand-painted wood, as is the bowl and food in his arms
*The carrot has a pipe cleaner stem
*His hat is velveteen, ornamented with sequins and an applique flower
*His shirt, tie, cummerbund, pants, hosiery stocking socks and shoes are painted-on
*The shoulders of his painted-on shirt are adorned with gold trimming
*The cuffs of his painted-on shirt are embellished with lace accents
*His stockings are trimmed with red velveteen ribbons & bows
*The tops of his painted on shoes are decorated with red pom-poms
Size/Measurements: 4 3/4"H
Quantity: One (1)
Condition Summary: Very good vintage collectible condition. There is excess glue residue visible where the bottom of the wooden bowl attaches to his hands. On the back side of the upper section of his right sleeve and on the front side of the upper section of his left sleeve are a couple of very small wood loss bits, and on the back sides of both of his shoes are a couple of teensy weensy flea bit paint chips. There is NO ornament string/hanger so we don’t know with absolute certainty whether this is a tree ornament or holiday display decoration (we have had him displayed on our holiday shelves alongside a wooden Nils Olsson of Sweden donkey animal figure that we will shortly be listing as well, and they greatly complemented each other).
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