Next up, we have a truly stunning piece of work from artist Charlotte Hills.
This is a needle-felted puppet of exquisite beauty and time-consuming craft – Mr Fox (whom you can also see here unclothed to appreciate his workings!)
Charlotte writes of her Mr Fox:
The theme of the trickster runs very deeply through the mythology of most human societies. From Loki, to Brer Rabbit; from the Native American coyote spirit to the Monkey King in China. We need the trickster animus to express the outcast. Through the folklore of Europe run the stories of Reynard the fox, Isengrim the wolf, Tybalt the cat, Chanticleer the cockerel and Bruin the bear. Fast talking and clever, tricky and dishonest, Reynard is a reflection of our clever and unscrupulous selves. We need him to find an easy way, to take the blame, to show up our own vanities.
Mr. Fox is a needle-felted puppet, standing 70cm from ear tip to toe. He has a rod attached to the back of his head and can have another controller attached to his paw if the purchaser wishes. He is fully jointed and quite light weight due to the materials.
Originally he was made for Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ Puppet Challenge.
He was conceived as part of the tales of Reyardine. As such he is a vagabond trickster, although he would work just as well in other tales from Dahl to Brer Rabbit.
Bidding will start at: £35
Auction time: Tuesday 25th November 7.30pm (GMT)