Nodding Head Antique Bayol Donkey and Cart Kiddie Size
This is a very rare find, a set of Nodding Head Carousel Donkey or Burro and Cart.
Carved by Bayol in France, circa late 1800's.
All Wood , with glass eyes, rubber discs on knees to prevent chin from banging into knees.
A superb example of France's best known carousel carver, Gustave Bayol, from his studio in in Angers, France.
The head hangs from a pivot inside the donkey's neck, which allows it to nod when you pull on the reins.
The Donkey or Burro measures 38 inches long and is 33 inches tall, the Cart is 26 inches long, 33 inches wide and 34 inches tall.
Both are still on the original mountings that were attached to the floor of the Carousel. All carved wood, some cracks in the body and legs, look to be superficial.
This set was restored at least 20 years ago, back to what may be original colors. The seat was also recovered and missing a small piece of leather and a small tear in the seat..
Yes it can be repainted if you prefer (additional cost). Additional photos by request.
Shipping would be by commercial truck (about $490.) or pick up in Florida