Lot 723 View Catalog
723. Wayland Flowers ' "Madame" puppet with fainting couch and Flowers ' performance vest. Created by Wayland Flowers in the mid-1960s, Flowers' first big break with Madame came with an appearance on the Andy Williams Show. The character of Madame is an "outrageous old broad" who entertains with double entendres and witty comebacks. Bedecked in fabulous evening wear and "summer diamonds" ("Some are diamonds; some are not"), Madame's look is based on the style and fashion of movie stars such as Gloria Swanson. Madame's many TV appearances included Laugh-In, Hollywood Squares as well as Solid Gold, finally starring in her own sitcom, Madame's Place (1982). This impressive puppet features a carved wooden head completely hand-painted and detailed with long eyelashes, gray yarn hair and miniature tiara. She is dressed in a full length maribou-trimmed gown bejeweled in faux diamonds. The hands and arms are made of cloth with the attached puppeteer rods. Madame measures approx. 34 in. long. Accompanied by a miniature red velvet Victorian fainting couch with carved wooden legs and detailing. Also includes Wayland Flowers' gray satin performing vest with three-snap front closure and features intricate beadwork and faux diamond detailing. The vest has an internal Cotroneo Costume tag typewritten "Wailand [sic] Flowers". Housed in a custom-made 35 in. L x 24 in. W x 24 in. H Plexi display case. Comes with a LOA from Dorian Hannaway, Flowers' agent.