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Wendt and Kühn's Sterntaler Girl / Star Magic / Star Money - New for 2018 - A Symbol of Humanity

Posted on October 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

New for 2018, Wendt and Kühn brings us their latest fairytale figure, the Sterntaler Girl / Star Magic - a symbol of humanity.

       Grete Wendt loved the world of fairy tales and used her fascination for them to create a whole series of delightful figurines. One of them is the Sterntaler Girl - Star Money / Star Magic. Sitting in a moonlit glade, the Sterntaler Girl spreads out her apron. When stars fall from the heavens and turn into coins it is fairy tale time at Wendt and Kühn. 

A Grimm's Fairy Tale, the Star Talers, "An unnamed, orphaned girl is poor and homeless; she has only her clothing and a loaf of bread that a kindhearted soul has given her. She is a goodhearted person, however, and so she goes out into the countryside to see what might happen. She gives a hungry man her bread, and to three cold children she gives her cap, her jacket, and her dress. After wandering into a  forest, she sees a naked child begging for a shift, and since it is dark and she cannot be seen, she gives her own shift away. As she stands there with nothing left at all, suddenly stars fall to earth before her, becoming talers [brightly shining coins], and she finds herself wearing a new shift of the finest linen. The story ends with her being rich." - Wikipedia

      

Illustration by Heinrich Voegeler

"This fairy tale was particularly popular before the first World War as it symbolized the compassionate man who helps others even when he apparently has nothing himself.  Grete Wendt first designed the Sterntaler Girl in 1930.

Now nearly a century later she still stands for compassion, modesty, and care for others. Those values are today more important than ever. The Sterntaler Girl is a symbol for humanity, one of the reasons Wendt and Kühn chose this particular fairy tale to continue the fairy tale collection in 2018" - Wendt and Kühn

She is also available in a 24-piece jigsaw puzzle - find it here.

Beginning in 2017 and over the next few years Wendt and Kühn will release a new fairy tale figurine every fall to add to the joy. Cinderella is the first in the series and the Sterntaler Girl is the second.

You will definitely want to add this very special piece to your collection.

Posted in Fairy Tales, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Wendt and Kühn

Marcel Carbonel's New for 2018 - the Pharamacist

Posted on October 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Pharmacist is, simply said, essential to any community. This year, 2018, Carbonel has added this smart figure to their Size #2 / Elite Santons collection. 

   

The Pharamcist / Apothecaire

We enjoyed reading about the history of pharamacy - here - going back to 2100 B.C.E.

He joins the townspeople to include the Mayor, Mr. Jourdan, the Notary, etc. and will make a lovely addition to your collection.

Posted in Carbonel Santons, French Christmas, Nativities, Provence Christmas

Orchestra Angel with Balalaika - New for 2018 from Wendt and Kühn

Posted on March 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

A charming piece of folk art of an Angel with a folk instrument. Wendt and Kühn's new orchestra figure for 2018 is this delightful Angel with a Balalaika.

The balalaika is a traditional Russian stringed folk instrument with a characteristic triangular, wooden, hollow body and three strings. Two strings are usually tuned to the same note and the third string is a perfect fourth higher.  The instrument is commonly known as a "Russian three-stringed guitar."

Find her here where you can select an Angel with blonde or brunette hair.

 

 

Celebrate a Special Person in Your Life with Wendt and Kühn's Angel with a Cake and a Heart

Posted on January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Winter is in full swing. We all need a little spark in our lives. Wendt and 

Kühn's Angel with a Cake and a Heart brings just that.  

She is perfect for Valentine's Day, a birthday, an anniversary, or just to let someone know that you are thinking of them. Enjoy! 

Posted in Angels, German Folk Art, Valentine's Day, Wendt and Kühn

Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Wishing you and yours a delightful Holiday Season!

Artist - Tasha Tudor

Posted in Christmas Traditions

Bettina Franke's Charming Santas

Posted on December 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

We have carried a selection of Bettina Franke's delightful folk art from the beginning of My Growing Traditions - first discovering her workshop in the Seiffen area in the late 1990s. 

Coming from a family of woodcarvers (including a great-great-grandfather, her grandfathers [in the 1930s] and her mother [beginning in 1956], who was one of the first women woodcarvers), in 1981 Bettina completed her master craftsman training and founded her own company under the "Gänseliesel" brand - 

We are especially fond of her Santas and are proud to carry her Santa Gift Box

as well as her Santa Pulling a Sled

Her Santas are simply delightful!

 

Posted in Bettina Franke Workshop, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art, Santa

Grünhainichen Gold Edition No. 10 / The Reader / Words for Eternity

Posted on October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Since 2009, Wendt and Kühn has crafted a series of figurines with accessories that are 24 karat gold-plated. This year - new for 2017 - Wendt and Kühn presents two versions of their Gold Edition No. 10 Grünhainichen Angel / The Reader / Words for Eternity.  

The Limited edition (22,222 pieces) is with a 24-karat Gold-plated Metal Book and Base  and comes in a wood Splinter Box.

         

Limited Edition with Gold-Plated Book and Base in Splinter Box

With a golden book open in its hands the reader encourages every viewer to think and dream. But what is being read aloud? Is it fairy tales, poems, or perhaps stories written about life itself? This is left entirely to one's imagination. 

The Limited Edition has an individual serial number printed on the underside of each figurine, on the base of its attractive splinter box, and also in the lovingly designed accompanying leaflet. This makes every Angel a valuable and unique piece.

The Gold Edition Reader is also available on a grey base with with the gold-plated book.

       

Gold-edition with Gold-Plated book and Grey Base 

A very special addition to your collection.

 

 

 

Posted in Angels, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art, Wendt and Kühn

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