VINTAGE HAND CARVED SOAPSTONE BEAR AND ESKIMO BY ROSS AND MARK PARKINSON
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Hand-carved soapstone Bear and Eskimo, made in Canada by Ross and Mark Parkinson. Signed by the artist on the base. The bear stands 4-1/4 inches tall; 2-1/2 inches at the base. The Eskimo stands 3 1/2 inches tall; 2 inches at the base Both are in good condition with a few small scratches (please look at Pictures). Thank you for looking US Shipping only.Ross and Mark Parkinson are Canadian artists specializing in soapstone sculpture. A father and son team, they live and work in Phillipsburg, Quebec, a small town near the American border.
Mark, the elder, initially sculpted in wood but switched to soapstone in the early 1970' . In 1977 a piece of his work was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The sculpture, titled "Fun and Games" , was presented to her visit to Canada on the occasion of her 25th Jubilee. It is presently on display in Buckingham Palace.
Ross, who has been sculpting for 18 years, began his career in the early teens. While attending high school he apprenticed part time with his father. Before long Ross was exhibiting exceptional carving skills and subsequently took his place by his father' side. In 1983 Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau presented one of Ross' sculptures, a large bear, to her Royal Highness the Princess Diana . On the same occasion a large plaque of a bear, also carved ... read more