Mouse Sculpture

Mouse sculpture.

Carved mice tend to be found in wood, rather than particularly in major sculptural works, let alone architectural carving. Here however are a couple of examples from Victorian and Edwardian times. The little group at the top of this page (click to enlarge) are well-caught, with their inquisitive, sniffing noses and generous tails – a remarkable sense of movement for a work in bronze.

The two examples below are from a nicely decorated building in Cardiff, called the Queen’s Building – more on this building on this page. Here we have a subservience of the animal to the decorative need of the blocky shape: in each case, the small animal gives an extra interest and reason to look with care at the ornamentation all over the building to spot other things. Despite the decay of the surface of the soft stone, there is still the questing, searching feel to these bits of sculpture, capturing the essence of Mouse.

Mouse carving on the Queen's Building, Cardiff.

Our last example, below, mixes the naturalistic forms of the three mice with highly stylised vine and flower designs, geometric in form. The genius of the designer has been in giving a symmetry to the three mice, which harmonises with the four lobed desing of the vines. The mice form a clear group, with the sniffing noses of the left and lower mice being an excellent touch. They look very furry too.

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