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Set of five (5) Jeanne Valentine (France/United States/Mexico, active mid 20th century) hand-made and hand-painted paper mache mariachi band figures with instruments, including one (1) trumpet, one (1) violin, one (1) double bass, and two (2) guitars. Figures are wearing red suits with gold accents and trim and black shoes. Original paper label en verso reads, "Jeanne Valentine, S.A. Made in Mexico." Ranging in size from 12" H to 17" W to 27" H to 35" W. Mid 20th century. Biography: Jeanne Valentine was born in Paris and moved to the United States in 1940. After designing dresses, she shifted to working in papier mache and opened a studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In Mexico, she trained local artists in the techniques of French craft papier mache. Her work was sold internationally in San Francisco, New York, London, and Paris. CONDITION: Overall good condition, normal wear commensurate with age, some loss on backs. Violinist has some cracking on left foot. Double bass player has crack on back of right foot across the ankle. One guitar player has a crack to the middle of pants, the other has loss on both feet.