Wendt and Kühn Spandosen / Splinter Boxes - from Packaging to Collectible

Posted on November 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

For their 100th Anniversary, Wendt and Kühn revived an almost forgotten art form, hand-decorated Spandosen or Splinter boxes.  They are thinner than, yet reminiscent of, Shaker bentwood boxes.


The original Wendt and Kühn splinter boxes were first created 90 years ago. While Grete Wendt focused almost exclusively on the creation of figures, her college friend and company co-founder Grete Kühn used her talent to paint and decorate wonderful wooden boxes - the containers for Wendt and Kühn's figures. With her unmistakable brush strokes and rich imagination, she turned simple wooden containers into exquisite works of art. In all shapes and sizes, from round to oval, even heart-shaped, they were delicately decorated with geometrical, floral tendrils, and folkloric elements. 

Grete Kühn's boxes were works of art used for the safekeeping of works of art - one piece of art wrapped in another.

Click here to view Wendt and Kühn's video of a splinter box in the making.

We stock three of these incredible boxes - 


And you can special order the others, by pressing their pre-order buttons or by writing us an email with your wishes.

They are such striking works of art as a decorative piece in and of themselves they will command a special place in your home.

And they certainly would be THE place to store your most cherished Wendt and Kühn figures.

Enjoy our Wendt and Kühn Pinterest Board - found here.

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



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