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XERXES (AN ARISTOCRATIC REALISTIC BEAR STANDS 24”(60CM), SITS 17IN (43CM))
If anyone had asked us whether we would make coloured bear, I’m sure that we would have replied in the negative! However, when I saw and handled this richly dyed fabric with its extremely dense pile, I knew that it would make up into something very special and the result is Xerxes. This aristocratic big bear, limited to just 3 pieces, features a double-jointed neck as well as wrist joints. Xerxes is made in the most wonderfully coloured luxury fabric that is not only dense but the pile contains individual strands of black and purple alpaca in about a 50/50 mix, so without the special lighting for photographs he looks more “dark” than purple! He features black glass eyes, a tail, polymer and suede paws that have been needle sculpted in between the toe pads for extra definition, an intricately embroidered realistic nose and his muzzle has been meticulously trimmed to produce the natural shaping. Xerxes is firmly filled with a mixture of polyester and wood wool (excelsior) and his body contains a growler.

L/E 3
 

2007



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