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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

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf brought to us by Wendt and Kühn

Posted on December 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Little Red Riding Hood is on her way to her Grandmother's house, bringing her a lovely basket of cake, something special to drink, and some beautiful flowers.

     

Yes, she is a truly favorite fairy tale known to all of us - yet, at the same time bringing good cheer, she makes a delightful addition to any special occasion.

She is new in 2019, stands 2" tall, and comes with a Wendt and Kühn Presentation / Gift Box.

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 Little Red Riding Hood and a companion piece of the Big Bad Wolf. 

     

Other names for the story are: "Little Red Riding hood," "Little Red Cap," or simply "Red Riding Hood." 

"Little Red Riding Hood is a European fairy tale whose origins can be traced back to the 10th century to several European folk tales. One of the best known versions was written by the Brothers Grimm. 

Little Red Riding Hood is named after her red hooded cape/cloak. She walks through the woods to deliver food to her sickly grandmother (wine and cake depending on the translation). In the Grimms' version, her mother had ordered her to stay strictly on the path.

The Big Bad Wolf wants to eat her and the food in the basket. He secretly stalks her behind trees, bushes, shrubs, and patches of little and tall grass. He approaches Little Red Riding Hood, who naively tells him where she is going. He suggests that the girl pick some flowers as a present for her grandmother, which she does. In the meantime, he goes to the grandmother's house and gains entry by pretending to be the girl. He swallows the grandmother whole (in some stories, he locks her in the closet) and waits for the girl, disguised as the grandma.

When the girl arrives, she notices that her grandmother looks very strange. Little Red then says, 'What a deep voice you have!' ('The better to greet you with,' responds the wolf), "Goodness, what big eyes you have!" ('The better to see you with,' responds the wolf), 'And what big hands you have!' ('The better to hug/grab you with,' responds the wolf), and lastly, 'What a big mouth you have' ('The better to eat you with!,' responds the wolf), at which point the wolf jumps out of bed and eats her, too. Then he falls asleep. 

In the Grimm's German version a  hunter comes to the rescue with an axe, and cuts open the sleeping wolf. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother emerge unharmed. They fill the wolf's body with heavy stones. The wolf awakens and attempts to flee, but the stones cause him to collapse and die." - Wikipedia

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, Star Magic - the Sterntaler Girl - is the second, and Red Riding Hood is the third.

Click here for the companion pieces - The Big Bad Wolf and the Little Red Riding Hood Jig-saw Puzzle.

     

All Made in Germany
by
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!
A more than special addition to your collection!

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

Brück and Sohn Advent Calendars - European Cities and More - Limited Supplies Available

Posted on November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Brück and Sohn (Printers in Meissen, Germany 1793-2018) celebrate European cities and culture with their exquisite Advent Calendars. After honoring their 225th anniversary in October 2018, the 7th generation, Annette and Helmut Brück, retired, closing their doors. An era has come to an end.

My Growing Traditions has scavenged where we could and replenished our inventory in hopes of being able to make them available to you as long as possible. We do have limited supplies available.

Here we present a few customer favorites - 

   

Stuttgart, Germany

Colmar, Alsace, France

Graz, Austria

Victorian Playroom

Christmas Tree Mischief     

The Brücks continue to memorialize the history of their company and offer a small museum and postcard archive which are preserved in Meissen and which are open to the public by appointment.  

Given our limited supplies we recommend you secure yours now. You can click on the photos and titles above, or click here: to find the entire collection 

 

Posted in Advent, Brück and Sohn, Christmas Traditions, French Christmas, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions

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