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Wendt and Kühn Gold Edition #13 - the Dreamer with Butterfly / New for 2020

Posted on May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

The 2020 Wendt and Kühn Gold Edition is #13 - the Dreamer with Golden Butterfly.     

Available in the Limited Edition (shown above) and with simply the "golden" butterfly:     

The Dreamer is very special, with 24-karat Gold-plated butterfly (and for the Limited Edition 24-karat Gold-plated butterfly and base in a splinter box). As Wendt and Kuehn explains: "No-one has expressed the power of positivity more fittingly than that well-known fan of Wendt and Kuehn figurines, the famous Walt Disney himself: 'All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.' And this year's Gold Edition... the Dreamer is truly a perfect dream. When we created the 'Angel with Golden Butterfly' a year ago, little could we have known how symbolic its meaning would be for the times we find ourselves in today. A wonderful gift for small people with big dreams and for grown-ups...." who simply stated, cherish the ability to dream.

Both are available now and you can find them here.

Enjoy!

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

Wendt and Kühn Angel Musician with Two-Tone Block / New for 2020

Posted on March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

For 2020 Wendt and Kühn has introduced the Angel Musician with Two-Tone Block.

     

The Two-Tone block is a percussion instrument made of wood, usually teak.

     

Two-tone blocks became known through early jazz music. It is an instrument that produces its sound through the use of the material from which it is made, without needing strings or a stretched skin. Composers have used two-tone blocks to imitate a variety of effects from horses' hooves to a dripping tap and a ticking clock.

2-1/4" tall

WK no. 650/79 with a Wendt and Kühn Presentation / Gift Box

Made in Germany

Available in Blonde or Brunette hair color.

Now available - shop here

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Wendt and Kühn of Grünhainichen, Germany,
a "Toymakers Village"- since 1915 
Imaginative, unique, elegant, and delicate
figurines from a traditional workshop -
meticulously hand-crafted by 155 artisans -
80 are painters,
but only four (4) paint faces.
Winner of the 1937 World's Fair, Paris
Gold Medal - Grand Prix
Simply Exquisite!

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

WENDT & KÜHN ELEGANT LIMITED EDITION MADONNAS WITH CHILD INTRODUCED IN 2020

Posted on February 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Wendt and Kühn has introduced two exquisite Limited Edition Madonnas with Child.  

       

 

These figurines are masterpieces made exclusively to order. They are available by SPECIAL ORDER (see the details below) and are 16-1/2" tall. Each year Wendt and Kühn will create only 100 pieces. The label on the underside of the base will show its number out of 100 together with the year it was made. My Growing Traditions is offering them at a savings of $300.00. 

The two Madonnas offered are very different in appearance. While the Madonna in the dark-blue richly painted dress exudes elegance, the one with the pale-blue robe touches us with her gentle demeanor. Regardless of which version you choose, the skill and artistry that has gone into their painting means these impressive large figurines represent the master craftsmanship of the Wendt and Kühn workshops like no others.

    

To order please call My Growing Traditions at 1-877-831-6077 (Eastern Time).

Each extraordinary Madonna will be produced exclusively to order, one by one. These pieces require a very high degree of craftsmanship from the skilled craftsmen and women at the Wendt and Kuehn workshops.

A $750.00 non-refundable deposit will be required.  Once ordered this item cannot be canceled, it is limited to 100 pieces per year and if not available it will come the next year. In placing your order you agree to wait for delivery.

Brunette or Blonde hair color may be requested, but is not guaranteed.

It is not known whether Grete Wendt was interested in the Virgin Mary in a religious sense or if she took a more humanistic view of the Madonna as a depiction of a mother and child. What we do know is that she was very taken with a particular painting of the Madonna, the “The Virgin and Child with a Pear” 

by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), a German painter. A reproduction of this work hung on the wall of her living room.

In the coming years Wendt and Kühn intends to select with great care, and at regular intervals, a number of genuine treasures from their extraordinary treasure trove of designs.

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Wendt and Kühn of Grünhainichen, Germany,
a "Toymakers Village"- since 1915 
Imaginative, unique, elegant, and delicate
figurines from a traditional workshop -
meticulously hand-crafted by 155 artisans -
80 are painters,
but only four (4) paint faces.
Winner of the 1937 World's Fair, Paris
Gold Medal - Grand Prix
Simply Exquisite!

 

Posted in Angels, Christmas Legends, Christmas Traditions, Erzgebirge, German Christmas, German Folk Art, Sale, Wendt and Kühn

Deer with Flower Child / Emil Helbig 85th Anniversary Jubilee Figure

Posted on January 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are privileged to offer a limited stock of this very special figure offered by the Helbig workshop in honor of their 85th Anniversary - the Jubilee Figure was created only in 2019.

     

In a wood chip box and on a wood base the flower child leads the Deer through the countryside.

4" tall by 5-3/4" wide.

The deer has a bell around his neck and carries two packsacks of flowers.

Hand-carved. Hand-painted.

Created in the Erzgebirge, Germany. 

Each box is numbered. And we are fortunate to have ones that are in the teens and 20s.

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Emil Helbig Workshop - since 1933
Grunhainichen - A Toy Makers Village
Oldest Woodcarving Workshop in the Erzgebirge
Three generations strong - Celebrating the native Linden Tree
Winner of the 2007 Erzgebirge Craftsman and Toy Makers Association
Award for Outstanding Care in  Preserving the Erzgebirge Tradition
Unique - Original - Elegant

Posted in Emil Helbig, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art

Merry Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

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

From Wendt and Kühn - Small Grünhainichen Angel in Celebration of the Erzgebirge

Posted on December 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

New for 2018, Wendt and Kühn brings us this Small Grünhainichen Angel in Toy Village. Two-inches high the Grünhainichen angel brings to life the toy-making tradition of the Erzgebirge.     The Angel holds a traditional splinter box on its lap filled with treasures. In it are stored the Angel's favorite toys: a house with a red roof, a little green tree, and a small wooden horse with even smaller ears. All are reminders of the wonderful, world-famous toys that are created in Wendt and Kühn's home, Germany's Toy Villages, in the Erzgebirge that bring happiness to children all around the world.

A very special piece for all of us who love the Erzgebirge's wonderful folk art.

Posted in Erzgebirge, German Christmas, German Folk Art, Trees, Wendt and Kühn

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

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