Literature Bears

Some of my bears are inspired by literature characters.
I made Baron Munchausen for Christmas 1996 as a present for my husband, who is a collector of Munchausen-books. On his cannonball Munchausen is flying above my husband's desk.
Munchausen is made of mohair and 6" tall. He is one of a kind and was nominated for the Toby Award in 1997.
Schmendrick the magician is a character from "The last Unicorn" by Peter S. Beagle. Molly is another hero of this story.
Schmendrick is 15 cm (6") tall and made of alpaca..
Molly is also 15 cm(6") and made of mohair.
In 1995 the German magazine "Teddybär und seine Freunde" made a contest with the theme "Teddy goes to Bearlywood".
Only for show but not as an entry I made Ben Bear inspired by Lewis Wallace' book "Ben Hur".
Ben Bear is 15 cm (6") tall and made of viscose. The four horses are jointed and made of viscose too.
My entry for the contest was Baloo from Kipling's "Jungle Book.".Baloo got a special prize in this contest. He is one-of-a-kind, 30 cm(12") tall, and made of alpaca.
In summer 1997 I acted in a hobby-performance of the musical" Oliver" after Charles Dickens'  "Oliver Twist" . For the first night the directors' team got these teddies as a present from the actors. All four teddies are dressed like the actors.
Ratty, Mole and Toad are characters from one of my husband's favorite books: Kenneth Grahame's "The wind in the willows".
Ratty is made of llama and nearly 5" (12 cm) tall. Mole is made of alpaca, 3 1/2" (9 cm). Toad is of the same size and is made of cotton. All three animals are fully jointed.
Don Quixote and Sancho Pansa are literature characters I wanted to make for a long time. Finally in March 1999 I could make them for a contest in Vienna.
The teddies are 11 and 12 cm tall and made of mohair. The horse, Rosinante, is made of alpaca and Sancho's donkey is made of wool plush.


Rotraud Ilisch
D-48727 Billerbeck
Deutschland / Germany

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