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Fabulous mechanical sculpture by Ellen Rixford Studio

mechanical sculpture by Ellen Rixford

The box with masks of Seven Deadly Sins. Fabulous mechanical sculpture by Ellen Rixford Studio

Fabulous mechanical sculpture by Ellen Rixford Studio
The Seven Deadly Sins box is a great work by Ellen Rixford Studio, specializing in sculpture, art dolls, mechanical puppets, displays, and miniature sets. And in the above image – depicted the sins. From upper left, clockwise, the faces of the sins: Sloth (violet), Lust (flesh tone or peach), Envy (green), Pride (blue), Anger (red), Avarice (yellow) and Gluttony (red-purple).
Having worked in art for 35 years already, they became well known and recognized internationally. The studio artists create fabulous high quality sculptures with imagination, and great sense of styles. Their pieces of art decorate galleries, private collections and museums. In particular, the Doll and Toy Museum of New York City, and the Ballard Institute of Puppetry Museum at the University of Connecticut.

Fabulous mechanical sculpture by Ellen Rixford Studio. Mad Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland

Beautiful sculptural composition – Mad Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland. Fabulous mechanical sculpture by Ellen Rixford Studio

Mad Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland – mechanical display based on the Tenniel illustrations. As Alice looks on in amazement, the mad Hatter pours tea on the sleeping Door mouse, who wakes with a start at intervals, then dozes again. While the March Hare dips his watch in the tea, in an effort to restart it.

Masked Ball is a mechanical display based on Venetian Carnival and other midwinter celebrations. The Lady removes a happy brightly painted face to reveal the shy pale Wallflower beneath. While the male Dancer twirls, lady dancer surprises us by becoming a completely different person as she rotates (Black lady, White Lady). In addition, the Turkish Prince bows, and little Cupid seeks a likely target for his arrows.

The Republican National Convention. Here, Republican Elephant and Democratic Donkey are friends, brought together by their love of Fortunoff’s jewelry. The Elephant offers, with paw and trunk both, sapphire and diamond brooches to the already much bejeweled Donkey. And the donkey – Gussied up in tight dress, high heeled hooves, and flamboyant hat.

The night before Christmas, and the toys in the nursery await the coming of Santa to bring them new companions. Raggedy Ann and Andy sing carols, the porcelain Lady Doll claps her hands in accompaniment. Also, the giant Teddy Bear plays his fiddle, and the Nutcracker chows down on a giant walnut.

Dream of the Red Chamber. Display window showing the principal characters of China’s earliest novel, a Song Dynasty story of an ill-fated and tragic love affair between two young aristocrats. They are the Lady Lin Tai-Yu and Jia Pao-Yu, scion of a rich and influential family. Figures are 2/3 life size figures to promote the store’s current sale of Chinese wares.

A Fairy Tale – The Royal Family at Christmas dinner, enjoying their presents. The Queen has received a set of emerald jewelry, but the Princess has gotten the most charming gift of all, a fairy inside a silver chafing dish! Bewitched by the Palace Wizard, the Fairy must dance for the Princess. When the lid of the dish opens, the Fairy rises, raises her arms, then her wings rise and flutter. As the lid closes, her wings drip, then her arms, then she does a deep curtsey and folds herself up into the closed dish.

Winter Spirits. Life sized mechanical figures of the North Wind, Snow, Darkness, and Ice doing their chilly magic on a little house. Wind rocks back and forth, blowing on the house, Snow casts flurries, Darkness holds the Moon, which glows and changes colors, and Ice waves her icicle laden arms, freezing the landscape into frost patterns.

Commedia del’Arte: mechanical display commemorating a sale of Italian jewelry. The traditional itinerant players perform their show; Harlequin and Columbine dance, Pagliacci removes a happy face mask to show his real tearful expression, Other comical characters look on.

Verdi’s Aida: Another in the Gucci series. This 5′ long paper sculpture shows the first act triumphal entry of Rhadames, returning victorious from war with the Nubians, and the last act, where Rhadames is buried alive with his love, Aida, as punishment for their illicit love. The ghost of Verdi is writing the opera.

Dante’s Divine Comedy: part of Gucci Series. 6′ tall paper sculpture shows the entire afterlife universe from the bottom ring of Hell all the way up to the celestial spheres of Heaven. Dante, in profile at left, and his beloved guide, Beatrice, in profile at right, contemplate the sufferings and sometimes redemption of the human race.

Michelangelo’s Tomb of Giuliano Di’ Medici, amazingly intricate paper design, done as part of a Gucci window series called Five Italian Geniuses Wish You a Happy Holiday, this foot paper sculpture shows the artist’s ghost at left. World recognized for fabulous paper works of art, the artists capture the history, politics, man’s health, nature, world heritage and cultural events.

Fabulous mechanical sculpture by Ellen Rixford Studio

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