Bear Head Depiction

An interesting depiction of a bear head made in a variety of materials, circa mid part of the 20th century onwards…

SKU: RC0330.

Product Description

An interesting bear head…

So this one has baffled us a little! We are actually unsure of the age of this piece and its original purpose, however it is an impressive display piece which we believe is designed to depict a grizzly bear. Based on its current form, we would assume this piece dates to the mid part of the 20th century onwards, maybe earlier, but unfortunately we do not have any provenance

The bear head is quite the statement piece and quite the eye catcher too. At first glance, it looks aggressive with its piercing eyes and protruding long teeth, yet from different angles it simply looks like a ball of fur! We think this may have been an artists depiction of a bear or maybe a prop made for a TV or theatre company?. Again we cannot be sure…

It’s tricky to describe the piece, but here goes. Made from a fake fur, the head is wrapped around a mould of some kind and then layered underneath with a thin piece of wood and material finish. Its tatty, but underneath reveals some original nails, which could again show its age to an early or mid century piece. The teeth are carved in wood, the tongue we think is hand painted plaster and the eyes are of a hard plastic nature

We are offering this piece in ‘as found’ condition, therefore there is some natural wear and tear. The bear on mass is structurally good, yet the overall build nature is naive. There are elements that are tatty and dirty, yet we feel in its current form it shows craftsmanship, charm and authenticity. Please note : There are some untidy bits, maybe some tears in areas, yet structurally the entire piece ‘keeps together’. There are some surface cracks, yet these are not detrimental to the structure. Also and lastly, the tongue is loose inside the mouth, yet doesn’t fall out when moved.  Please do study the photos to help with your analysis as it would be hard to highlight all imperfections…

A quite unique piece, must be a ‘one off’ and a great talking point

Dimensions : Depth : 52cm, Width : 37cm, Height : 27cm

Condition : Structurally good, some surface marks and scratches, paint chipping, tatty and dirty in areas, tears to the materials, tongue is loose, surface cracks

Postage : Medium Item £9 or local collection

You can view this product in our Ralph & Co. showroom in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0AA

We are open Fridays and Saturdays 9am to 5pm or personal viewing is available via appointment. Please do get in touch 07592 534 977

Additional Information

Dimensions 52 x 37 x 27 cm