Ewald Rentz is one of Ontario's most recognized and respected folk artists. Born in Saskatchewan to German / Hungarian parents, Rentz moved to the small Northern community of Beardmore Ontario as a young man and laboured as a prospector, musician, lumber camp cook, and finally barber before beginning to make folk art at the age of sixty five. He was discovered by collectors in the 1980s and since then his work has made its way into important government and private collections in Canada and across the world. Ewald Rentz died in 1995 at the age of 87.Here's a link to a bio: http://www.folkartcanada.ca/Ont_ER.html.
These hand puppets are special in that they were made by Rentz for his grandson, Jeff. Two of the three pieces are dedicated to Jeff and signed by the artist. The bear is 12" tall. The lizzard11" tall, and the man with the pipe is 9" tall. They are mounted nicely on custom made stands Circa 1970. Excellent condition.