Fox and Owl Automata
This fabulous hand crafted automata by Esther Smith features a fox running through the forest being watched over by an owl perched in a tree. Turn the handle and the fox leaps up and down! It would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves British wildlife or just adores quirky creations. The automata has been set on a section of coppiced oak.
About Esther Smith
Esther Smith creates miniature mechanical objects which capture the essence of fleeting moments or much loved tales. Her automatas are designed to sit proudly on your mantelpiece or be held in your hands and played with – they only really come to life when the handle is turned!
The work is made in copper, brass, nickel and silver to which I add the occasional highlight of brightly coloured recycled aluminium or gold leaf. Colour is also applied to the metal through a process of patination.
Materials: Silver, patinated copper, brass, metal leaf and coppiced oak section.
Height: 26.5cm, width: 14.5cm (one edge of tree to the other), depth: 9.5cm (round base)