King Louis XIV (1638-1715) was known as the Sun King. Some say it was because he chose the sun as his emblem for he compared himself to the sun saying that France could not survive without him, just as the sun was essential to earth's existence. Others believe it was because of the brilliance with which he held court at his magnificent palace of Versailles. Many times he played Apollo, God of the Sun in stage performances.
This nutcracker, with intricate all over design, was carved in the Alsace region of France in the 18th century. It is unusual in that it was carved with his head turned to the side.
King Louis XIV had a long full head of hair and it is shown here tied back with a ribbon. This nutcracker was carved of boxwood, the favorite wood of master carvers.
The delicate designs continue around the sides and back of the nutcracker. Note how the flower design from the front is repeated.
The nutcrackers of the Alsace region show an unusual way of cracking the nut as the reception for the nut is in the chest area as versus the typical mouth opening.
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