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Cat

  • Object:

    Puppet

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1981 (made)
    1994 (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Grant, Frances (sculptor)
    Grant, Peter (costumier)
    Grant, Mathew (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Epoxy resin, pine, polyurethane foam, aluminium, paint, cotton, fake fur

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Peter and Frances Grant

  • Museum number:

    S.924-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This marionette 'Cat', partner to 'Fox' in the comedy duo 'Fox and Cat', was one of twenty marionettes made by Peter and Frances Grant for their production of Pinocchio,adapted by them from Carlo Collodi's children's story The Adventures of Pinocchio for their touring company The Theatre of Marionettes. The Grants started their company in the 1960s and worked with it all over Britain and Europe.

The bodies of the marionettes were sculpted by Frances Grant from obeche, a tropical type of wood well-known for its lack of splinters or resin, while the faces, hands and feet were sculpted by her using epoxy resin. Peter Grant dressed all the figures, using a wide range of fabrics and techniques for their costumes and their props.

Physical description

Marionette of Cat wearing a white chamois leather eye patch, blue shorts, sleeveless jacket and shoes. The Cat carries a blue bag containing a white fish, a bar of soap and carries a white walking stick. The head consists of painted epoxy resin, the body and tail, synthetic fur fabric on polyurethane foam surrounding an aluminium armature. The hands are made of epoxy resin.. The marionette is operated by a wooden control and 9 strings.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1981 (made)
1994 (altered)

Artist/maker

Grant, Frances (sculptor)
Grant, Peter (costumier)
Grant, Mathew (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Epoxy resin, pine, polyurethane foam, aluminium, paint, cotton, fake fur

Dimensions

Height: 21 in

Descriptive line

Marionette of 'Cat' made by Peter and Frances Grant and used in their puppet play Pinocchio, adapted by them from the children's story The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Given by Peter and Frances Grant.

Materials

Epoxy; Pine; Polyurethane; Material; Fur; Aluminium

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Children & Childhood

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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