This is a carved wood Mephistophelian figure of ‘Mr Devil’ in the form of a hall stand. The carving is one of a pair which once graced the front hall of the St Kilda mansion, Charmwood, in Melbourne, owned by Mr Alfred David Hart, the donor’s grandfather. Mr Devil’s outstretched hand shows that he originally held a tray for calling cards. The ‘Mr and Mrs Devil’ figures are attributed to Francesco Toso and were made in Italy 1875 - 1890.
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